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...

Teams – Project Aristotle

Leadership literature is littered with models, lists and quick fixes. I understand that we, the consumers/leaders, seek assurances to guide our own practice however distilling leadership in this manner seem wholly inadequate to me. That said, this morning, I followed a signpost to Project Aristotle, Google’s investigation to codify organisational team effectiveness.  Specifically, .... Read more and bookmark.

New Normal

This is not a post about the systems of school improvement, the Science of school improvement if you will. This is more about the culture of school improvement. The art, if you will. As I come to the end of my first year as head teacher, I can see the benefit of take charge of the transition from one academic cycle to the new cycle. Where does a new cycle start? It is that sticky time of the .... Read more and bookmark.

Many faces

Our school organisation is leading a shift in our pedagogy. A three part model that includes an assignment frame, a taught or direct instruction frame and resource immersion. Given that a lot of information is shared via a learning platform I wanted to find a way to include more media. Back in 2014 Youtube’s revenue potential was being questioned. Now we have the rise of the Youtubers, .... Read more and bookmark.

This time last summer…

This time last summer, one of the final jobs I completed was to share a student summer challenge. It was my version of the TES post, that borrowed from an American teacher’s impassioned post. The following September I received a small photobook  from one of my students with twenty or so completed challenges. All that hard work and adaptation was worth it.  See below for yourself. .... Read more and bookmark.

Adobe webware

About this time every year, Freya (my daughter) and I create the Teaching and Learning Takeover promo. It is our small contribution to the excellent work of the TLT dynamic duo of David and Jen. The Adobe Spark apps (Post, Page and Video) and webware are excellent; stocked with icons, images and sounds, templates, easy to create with and even easier to publish. I have shown my appreciation a .... Read more and bookmark.