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Tom Sherrington

Tom Sherrington has written 307 posts for headguruteacher

Back to School: My priorities for getting started.

OK. Summer’s over….it’s time to get psyched up for the term ahead.  I’m joining the Maths Department this year, teaching Y10 GCSE; an exciting challenge.  I’m a science teacher with good maths skills and I have taught A level maths and KS3 several times.  So, whilst I have no concerns about my subject knowledge,  I’ve never … Continue reading

Walking the tightrope.

It’s been a strange and difficult few days.  I woke up last Tuesday night at 2am with the worst headache of all time; piercing intense pain.  I had to run downstairs for the pain killers.  This was stress, pure and simple; subconscious anxiety in anticipation of GCSE results download day.   I’ve only been there … Continue reading

Conceptual ideas on school leadership – a video library.

  In a previous post, I highlighted some key contemporary educational ideas for all teachers that can be accessed via youtube. Here I’ve put together a collection of videos from some key thinkers on educational leadership.  Each one is worth watching; there’s a lot to take in. Michael Fullan: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact. (see … Continue reading

A Levels Matter. Amongst other things.

There have been some great blogs about A level results: Here’s John Tomsett: This much I know about A level results day – the liberating power of doing well – having choices, moving away from home etc. Geoff Barton: Worrying about results won’t help – great advice to students who don’t get what they hoped for; you … Continue reading

Finding your voice in the on-line edusphere.

I recently re-read one of my very first blog posts from 2012 when I was starting to get excited about the potential of twitter and blogging: The quiet CPD revolution…getting louder!    Even then I thought that it might all be a flash-in-the-pan thing that could soon fall away – but it hasn’t at all.  In fact, … Continue reading

OfSTED Outstanding. The Grade Descriptors.

I’ve expressed my views before on OfSTED including the over-arching reliability question and the validity of judgements around the Outstanding/Good boundary.  In the real world OfSTED marches on but, thankfully, continues to reform and professes to operate in a more enlightened fashion.  Sean Harford explains key changes applicable to Good schools here: “The best way … Continue reading

Leading and Learning. Reflections on my first year at Highbury Grove

This is my 300th blog post on headguruteacher.com.  It seems like a good moment to reflect on my first year as Head of Highbury Grove.  Without doubt, this year has been the most challenging and rewarding in my professional career.  I’ve never worked so hard in my life – I’ve been dragging myself through the … Continue reading

Built-in CPD. Our new model.

This is the cover of our newly published CPD booklet that sets out our master plan for next year.   ‘Continuing’ has somehow morphed into ‘Continual’ which I rather like!  I’m thrilled that, after some consultation with parents, governors have approved our new built-in CPD approach.  This follows the model used at John Tomsett’s Huntington School … Continue reading

PSHE Matters. Our specialist delivery model.

I’ve always believed that PSHE is important.   There are so many strands of content that young people need to engage with and that need to be taught directly – in my view.  Sex Education and aspects of Health and Citizenship are all extremely important.  If we don’t teach them directly we’re just leaving it … Continue reading

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