Category: #Fail


What matters most?

I have, on occasions, referred to this blog as a “thinking-skip.” A space to transfer my thinking and thoughts for record or storage. A space to collect and curate thoughts/thinking, stories and extracts. Sometimes, I use it as a space to offload, to make thinking-space, with the intention of coming back to that thinking at…
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20 Sep ’19 0

Double dip dose of failure

Somewhere in the middle of March I snipped this comment.  ASCL said that over a third of pupils failing to hit this standard means society must “surely question a system which sends out such a negative message to so many young people”. Geoff Barton goes on to ask “Why do we insist in rubbing…
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2 Apr ’19 0

Children’s Mental Health Week

The shoes that lay outside St George’s Hall Liverpool represent the 226 children who lost their lives to suicide in 2017. It is a shocking and tragic visual representation to mark the start of Children’s Mental Health Week (4-10 Feb). For a teacher who recently reflected on their lack of awareness of mental health issues…
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5 Feb ’19 0

Disappointed yet undeterred

In January we made the decision to move #srocks19 to Brighton Hill Community School, Basingstoke. On visiting, there is a wonderful sense of camaraderie and “can do” attitude from everyone at the school. From IT, to finance, to Headteacher, Chris Edwards himself. The school have been nothing short of sensational. Friday 1.1.19 the school was…
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2 Feb ’19 5

Got it wrong, apologised, need to do better

Not to be too hard on myself, it has been a busy and unpredictable start to the academic year. That taken into consideration, I still got it horribly wrong this week when I colleague tried to follow up an email and engage in a ‘have you got a moment?’ conversation. Only I didn’t have a…
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7 Sep ’13 0


If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don’t, you will find an excuse. A simple line of motivation. A useable phrase to ‘test’ the students that wants to give you twenty reasons why their coursework is incompleted, why their work experience form is not yet filled in or that they forgot their…
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15 Jan ’13 0