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Grassroots and Soul

A few thoughts on #BrewEd #BrewEdBristol Like much in Bristol the Golden Guinea Pub buzzes with a hidden sheen of unpleasant antiquity. The ‘Guinea’ was coinage made off the back of slavery. This architecturally solid and impressive street was once... Continue Reading →

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Reasons to be Cheerful in Education

Summer, Buddy Holly, the working folly Good golly Miss Molly and boats Hammersmith Palais, the Bolshoi Ballet Jump back in the alley and nanny goats Ian Dury and the Blockheads – Reasons to be cheerful Part 3 I have been... Continue Reading →

Affirmation in Education -All the Small Things…

There I was being 'the leader' I wanted to see. Walking the walk amongst Reception asking them how the pantomime had gone. It was ace apparently... in between telling me how tall they were and how so and so had... Continue Reading →

Let’s talk about BOOTHs Baby…

Let's talk about Booths, baby Let's talk about you and me Let's talk about all the good things And the bad things that may be… On twitter this week we have been mostly arguing about isolation booths. It’s a very... Continue Reading →

The Murmuring – A generational crisis in our schools #school

Once the strange West Country tradition of Carnival is over, winter, like a sad assassin, slowly takes control. I love this time of year. My drive to work is punctuated by the dead leaves eddying as the light wakes up.... Continue Reading →

Humpty Dumpty Sat on the Wall – The Death of the Local Authority

  I wrote a tweet this week that read, ‘I am becoming of the opinion that it’s not schools that need that extra funding – it is local authorities. How have we let this happen?’ This statement was based on... Continue Reading →

Custodians of Hope

I have been at breaking point this week. Long hours, emotional lows, staffing complications, the worries that only a head teacher can feel and a busy and complex home life that has left me feeling like it would take just... Continue Reading →

My Exclusion Blog: Mischief and craft

'The most famous octopus anecdotes are tales of escape and thievery' In Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith he also quotes Claudia Aelianus, third century AD, writing about octopus - 'Mischief and craft are plainly seen to be characteristics of this... Continue Reading →

You Are Not the Messiah – KA-POW! to the super hero myth.

We can be heroes just for one day We can be us just for one day - Bowie I am not a super hero. I am a head teacher. A paid professional working in the education sector (despite recent claims... Continue Reading →

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