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, our Values and virtues within a school to staff, students and parents and our stakeholder community.. Students in Years...
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...

Chris Moyse opens #TLT17

Chris Moyse opening to this years 5th birthday #TLT17 was a wonderful mixture of sense, encouragement and personal sharing. Quite unreflective of a student characterised as having     His talk was backed by a wonderful and diverse reading list, years of experience and many many professional intereactions with schools.   The core message, a humble and realistic message, of .... Read more and bookmark.

Complexity, Trust and Mistrust

What is trust? I know. Tell me. I knew… (overheard) I am not a Complexity Theory expert, however, modelling complex personal and social interactions seem to be the business worlds yearning. In reflection, I felt I got a lot from the Leading at the Speed of Trust session, it felt tangible and I felt in control. Where the separation of interrelated things into individual components – .... Read more and bookmark.

Leading at the Speed of Trust

One of the most advantageous aspects of my current role, is the ability to engage with a group of headteachers. I changed ‘team’ to ‘group’ as we do not have collective accountability, our successes are to a large extent mutually exclusive, however three times a year we come together at head office as a group to work together, exchange ideas and act as critical friends. .... Read more and bookmark.

Week 3 with Canvas

It has been a busy week here at school and we still managed to find time for Canvas. More thinking time than action, equally important. Our Teaching and Learning lead has eployed Canvas as a platform for… learning about our teaching model and… learning about Canvas. I certainly support the notion that course designers benefit from appreciating the perspective of a student. Apart .... Read more and bookmark.

Grey clouds and silver linings #wtd17

The National Audit Office finds vast majority of secondary school headteachers feel the government is failing to help them with high-quality teacher recruitment. Before the ink was barely dry on that headline, a survey of 1,023 ex-teachers commissioned by the DfE found that 75% of ex-teachers cited workload as the reason they quit the profession. Changes in policy or initiatives by the .... Read more and bookmark.

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.