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RSA Essays: Licensed to Create? Incentives for improving teacher quality.

Today, the RSA has published a collection of 10 essays on the theme of improving teacher quality and the concept of licensing.  This has been, in part, stimulated by Tristram Hunt’s policy proposals.   I was delighted to have been invited to contribute an essay and I have included mine in full below.  Interestingly, the … Continue reading

Sutton-Gates Summit Part 2: My Washington take-aways

The Sutton Gates summit has been excellent. After three days in Washington I’ve got a wealth of material and I’ve had the luxury of some flying time to think about the key ideas I’m taking home. An overarching take-away is the sense that engaging in professional dialogue with people from around the world is a massive … Continue reading

Sutton-Gates Teacher Development Summit. Part 1

Right now, I’m in Washington DC to take part in a two-day event sponsored (all expenses paid) by the Gates Foundation and the Sutton Trust. I’m one of 24 British Heads taking part, alongside my Heads Roundtable partner-in-crime John Tomsett, the legendary Alison Peacock and Sir Alasdair Macdonald, former Head of Morpeth in Tower Hamlets. … Continue reading

Unleashing Greatness? Education Reform in Action

” You can mandate adequacy … greatness has to be unleashed”  Joel Klein – via Sir Michael Barber Ever since I attended the London Festival of Education at the IoE in November 2012, I’ve had a sense that education reform was there for the taking – it’s just a case of people getting organised and … Continue reading

The Assessment Uncertainty Principle

In our system so much hangs on the value given to our assessments leading to qualifications.  As we seek to measure learning with some degree of accuracy, we risk losing contact with the meaning of what the nature of the learning is.  Our increasing need for measures that are reproducible, consistent and transparent decreases our … Continue reading

Tackling Homophobia: RE GCSE – Not just a matter of conscience.

  Towards the end of last week, I experienced a minor crisis during an intense coincidence of events that raised questions about the values we promote in my school and the extent to which we have control over that.  At the heart of the issue is our desire to adopt a strong position on equality … Continue reading

Labour’s National Baccalaureate: Strong on Principles and Pragmatism

Over the last year, I’ve been working with IoE Director, Chris Husbands, as a member of the Labour Skills Task Force; it has been a fascinating process. This week the third and final report from the group was published, outlining some recommendations for 14-19 curriculum and qualifications reform.  I recommend reading the report in detail … Continue reading

Keeping up with OfSTED’s Goalposts. What SLTs should do.

My post on Thursday, Meeting OfSTED: The Game has Changed has blasted all my previous blog stats out of the water, heading for 50,000 views in three days. (Update: Now 80,000)  It’s been an astonishing few days of questions and queries about the real meaning of what is going on.  Mike Cladingbowl has published a … Continue reading

Meeting OfSTED: The Game has Changed.

This post follows on from the excellent accounts from David Didau (@LearningSpy)  and Ross McGill (@TeacherToolkit) about our meeting with Mike Cladingbowl at OfSTED HQ on Tuesday this week. (Update: Shena Lewington (@ClerktoGovernor) and Tom Bennett have now also written accounts of the meeting.) For me, this was the second time I’d met Mike Cladingbowl, … Continue reading

Towards a New Vision: for my school; for all schools.

Last week I was involved in three different events that were focused on trying to shape a new vision for education. A staff vision-building exercise at KEGS, looking ahead to 2020 The Headteachers’ Roundtable Conference in York, where we constructed our Manifesto framework. The National Teacher Enquiry Network Conference that we hosted at KEGS. A … Continue reading

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