New for 2017
Two terms A year into the role of Headteacher, I have learnt more than I had expected. It is a real privilege to have responsibility for a school, it's staff and students (equal first). I write...
Cultural capital
A continuing line for leadership enquiry - how school leaders develop cultural capital, through promoting Character Education, values and virtues within a school to staff, students and parents.   Students in Year 7-9 were explicitly taught...
Staff performance
Each year I research and tackle an education issue to refine and broaden my thinking. Back in 2014, I started investigating the negative consequences of graded lesson observations as a contributing measure to Performance Related...
About Me
I don't wish to waste your time, so let's cover the essentials. My Linkedin profile provides a professional overview, experience, qualifications, honours, awards and endorsements. This blog has provided a professional record of my teaching...

The single most important thing for teachers to know

Cognitive load theory was recently described by British educationalist Dylan Wiliam as ‘the single most important thing for teachers to know’ (Wiliam 2017).   My longest ever blog post title is not a professed assertion, rather a quote from Dylan Wiliam. . Cognitive load theory (CLT) seems to be the topic of the year. Signposted by Greg Ashman a few times in recent months, mentioned by .... Read more and bookmark.

Filling in the gaps

This week my commute was been filled with two leadership podcasts (and the Tes Podagogy podcast with Dylan Wiliams). Two podcasts from two nonagenarian leaders with a combined 183 years life experience, over at Finding Mastery. Both John Nordstrom and Dr Albert Bandura were as sharp as a tack and their responses deliberate and sage.Even the podcast titles suggested .... Read more and bookmark.

Week 2 with Canvas

This week I attended our staff CPD session, hosted in a blended environment. Most of our teachers were present, some are part time. Hence a session available via Canvas is just the ticket.   The instructor delivered a short and light hearted presentation (the Powerpoint is now recorded with audio and now available on Canvas) and set out three short activities. A couple of readings, a .... Read more and bookmark.

Week 1 with Canvas

It has been a relatively positive pre-teaching week as far as Canvas is concerned. Beyond making the course look attractive, it is about thinking, learning, and the learning with can orchestrate for our students. I have tended to readily design my own learning assets and resources and signpost or upload links, audio and video. More recently, I have recognised that the students on the course are .... Read more and bookmark.

It’s your school

Commuting is my time (apart from a handful of scheduled phone calls), predominantly podcasts, occasionally an audiobook. This week my commute has been filled with “It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy,” a loan from one of our Trustees. First published in 2006.  Captain Abrashoff reflects on the management and leadership techniques that .... Read more and bookmark.

Always learning

Post exams, the final weeks of August sees the annual “welcome to the profession” and “best advice” posts and tweets. I often share the “#movemeon” publication – a collection of crowd sourced and curated suggestions covering (activities, behaviour, classroom management, environment, feedback, getting better, organisation, staffroom and technology) from .... Read more and bookmark.