New for 2017

One term into the role of Headteacher, I have learnt more than I had expected. It remains a real priviledge to have responsibility for a school, it’s staff and students. As for the murmuration background image. Leadership theory and practice continues…..

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I am continuing my work and interest in Question Level Analysis (QLA) or “gap analysis” using Peter Atherton’s (@dataeducator) excellent Exam Feedback Tool #EFT and more recently with Austin Booth and Flexassessment. Question level analysis (QLA) explores and presents the…..

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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 Pay (PRP) and Performance Management…..

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Cultural capital

A new 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.

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Helping one to help many

Like most schools, we know that flourishing requires more than academic ability. At our school, we have OneSchool Skills  (Academic Achievement, Leadership, Involvement, Fulfilling Potential, Management skills) and I am keen to offer, develop and recognise these skills and students…..

Rubbing salt in the wounds

Rubbing salt in the wounds of the teaching profession is conceived from a random mixt of inputs. The “Financial Sustainability of Schools Inquiry,” midweek reports that schools have slashed CPD budgets, an Ofsted presentation “Growing great schools: what has the…..

First impressions

After the quality of education, the school’s academic curriculum, teaching, the effectiveness and use of assessment and the impact of all these factors on pupils’ learning and achievement and personal development, I have been giving our schools “first impression,” some…..

Making the leap (part 3)

This is the last post reviewing the considered and encouraging “Making the leap. Moving from deputy to head.” The early months in post Before I offer my takeaway messages, I think I should start with my final reflection. In mocking…..