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Tom Sherrington

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21st C Leadership: Vision, Trust and Strategy. My #LFE15 Contribution

  At the London Festival of Education LFE15, I took part in this panel discussion: It’s hard to capture the full extent of what was said – and I hadn’t prepared anything in advance – but, thanks to twitter, the main bits of what I had to say were captured in my timeline.  So, here is … Continue reading

Preventing Radicalisation: Let’s not clutch at straws.

This is a short reflection on the growing imperative for schools to ‘do something’ about the radicalisation of young Muslim teenagers.  The recent case of three girls from Bethnal Green Academy leaving home in order to join IS has brought the issue onto the agenda for schools once again.  I found it painful to see the … Continue reading

Our (Brilliant) Stonewall Champion Launch: LGBT Pride!!

This week, I am was extremely proud of my school as we launched our new status as a Stonewall Champion School.  In a week of assemblies and workshops we’ve sown the seeds for a long-term process of changing attitudes: It’s not merely acceptable to be gay at Highbury Grove; it’s normal. It’s part of life. … Continue reading

Launching the College of Teaching: Vision vs Inertia

Pre-amble:  Change vs Inertia I’ve often argued that it is far, far easier to campaign against something that you don’t like compared to campaigning for something that you want to happen.  There are countless examples in education at school level and national policy level.   One of my leadership mantras is that in order to challenge … Continue reading

Proposals for our new curriculum.

This is a follow-up to a recent post about the ideas we’re exploring around the Trivium and a Baccalaureate. The final piece in the puzzle is the curriculum structure that enables the rest to work.  This is still under discussion with an important Parents’ Forum next week and further discussions among Governors and the staff. … Continue reading

Beyond Dependency Learning: scaffolding, crutches and stabilisers.

One of the challenges we face as teachers is knowing how much help to give.  There are so many examples of structured support across a range of learning experiences: arm-bands in swimming, stabilisers on a bicycle… the vocab crib-sheet in language learning.  They are all designed to provide support in the early phases of learning, … Continue reading

Our A* Victory vs Pearson. David 1: Goliath 0

Yesterday we heard the news that we had finally won our case with Pearson/Edexcel about an A* grade in Art GCSE.  Despite several negative responses to appeals and complaints, spurred on by the candidate’s parents, we persevered and ultimately won the case. It was just one grade, but it mattered to the student and her … Continue reading

The Trivium and the Baccalaureate: The flesh and the bones of a great education.

At Highbury Grove, we’re actively developing our thinking about the curriculum, pedagogy and learning ethos we want to create, shaping the educational experience of our students in line with our overarching values and vision.  There are three interrelated strands to the thinking: 1. The National Baccalaureate @Highbury Grove.   In line with the national developments, … Continue reading

Developing our in-house system for improving teaching.

At Highbury Grove we’re in the process of engineering a culture shift away from inspectorial top-down accountability systems towards collegiate high-trust processes built on collective responsibility for student outcomes, professional development, mutual challenge and support.  I’m convinced that this is the best way to secure improved outcomes for students as well as making teaching at … Continue reading

Our School Development Plan 2014-5

  Last time I published my school’s development plan, I was surprised by how many people were interested. At Highbury Grove we have adopted the methodology we’d devised at KEGS.  The criteria are posed as questions; this allows us to be evaluative in deciding how we’re doing.  The live version includes columns of target dates, … Continue reading

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