Leadership Issues

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My Observation Checklist.

Ok.  The title is misleading.  On purpose. I’ve been observing the newly appointed staff at Highbury Grove over the last few weeks which has been a real pleasure.  For the first time, we’re now using the Bluesky website to write all of our lesson observation reports; this links to our Professional Review documentation, handily keeping … Continue reading

Finding Balance: Joy and Optimism amid the Imperfections of Reality.

During half-term, our son was so overwhelmed by the list of things to do in Dubrovnik he started to complain. How are we going to fit it all in? We should have planned a longer trip! We told him to be grateful; to think of his glass half full and not half empty.  His reply … Continue reading

A Headteacher’s Week at HGS

Following a format I’ve used before, here is a run-down of a reasonably typical week in my life at Head at Highbury Grove.  I’ve chosen this one because it has a bit of everything in it to give a feel for the range of the activities I have in my diary.  Every week is different … Continue reading

Towards Impeccable Behaviour: Phase 2.

It’s now exactly a year since we launched our original Behaviour for Learning System. I described the principles and the details of the system in these posts:  Towards Impeccable Behaviour. Together  and Towards Impeccable Behaviour. Ready for Launch.  A year on, after another round of reviews and consultations, we’re about to re-launch the system with … Continue reading

KS3 Assessment. 8 steps towards a workable system.

We are about to launch our KS3 assessment system.  I’ve shared the full details in this post.  We’ve arrived at this model after considering all the following issues/questions/factors: 1.  Accept the reasons that NC Levels became a broken system.  This has been covered by lots of people in great detail, but here’s a quick summary … Continue reading

Our Emerging KS3 Assessment Framework.

Having explored different ideas about assessment at KS3 during the last year, we’re about to move forward with our approach.  Here is the explanatory booklet we’ve given to parents: Assessment at KS3 So far, we’ve been seeking a focus on authentic assessment within subjects, breaking free from all the illusions and falsehoods of NC levels; … 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

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

The Art of Timetabling: Principles and priorities

This is the crunch time for the legion of timetablers across the country – and for the teachers who wait to see what they come up with.  As a former timetabler myself, I’d like to dedicate this post to my partners in crime, especially Matt who is working on the Highbury Grove timetable right now.  We’ve come a … Continue reading

Our Comprehensive Curriculum for All

One of my main goals in my first year at Highbury Grove has been to review the curriculum and make the changes necessary for September 2015.  I’m really pleased with the process and the outcome; parents, governors, staff and students have all influenced the thinking through various consultation processes.  I described some of this in … Continue reading


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