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 to fascinate me, none more so than Complexity Theory. For that, I hold Kev Bartle (@kevbartle) wholeheartedly accountable following his .... Read more and bookmark.

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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 achievements, within and beyond the school gates. I have always keep one eye on the look out for assembly fodder .... Read more and bookmark.

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 most impact?“ a long drive home from Canons Park TSA yesterday “Working with Complexity in School .... Read more and bookmark.

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 consideration. From the main drive-way / signage, parking, entrance, reception, staffroom, corridors and .... Read more and bookmark.

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 fighting fantasy – I wonder whether the book should start with a message. If you are about to begin your headship go straight to p115. If .... Read more and bookmark.