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Challengers and Champions. Are we ready to listen?

  Following all the discussions at the ResearchEd conference last weekend, I’ve been thinking about the balance we need to strike when presented with new ideas or when we’re presenting them ourselves.  We need to be open to the possibility that a strategy might be a good one whilst remaining confident that, as professionals, we’ll … Continue reading

Lessons from KEGS: Ideas I’m taking with me.

  As I gear up to leaving KEGS at the end of term, I’ve been thinking about ideas I’ll be taking with me when I move to Highbury Grove. Many of these things are aspects of the school that struck me when I arrived; it was during that time that I developed the ‘plantation to … Continue reading

Fractals: The power of simple core principles

  This is a short reflection on an idea I picked up from a recent presentation to Essex Heads by former Headteacher Dave Harris (@bravehead), currently working for Independent Thinking.  One of the many ideas he shared was based on the thinking of Margaret Wheatley, a business writer.  She suggests that some aspects of organisational … Continue reading

New Headship: Principles, people, priorities.

At this stage in the year, I’m usually preoccupied with my school’s development plan. Now that I am moving on, my main focus is on handing things over to make sure everything is under control.  At the same time I’m starting to look ahead to taking up my new post at Highbury Grove in Islington. … Continue reading

A week in the life of a Headteacher

This has been a typical busy week at KEGS.  Looking across the diary for the week it struck me that it captures some of the essence of being the Headteacher of this school.   I had a good response to my previous diary post so I thought I’d share this week’s diary too.  The back-to-back schedule is certainly busier than most weeks; adding in … 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

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

Evaluating and Improving our Practice: A Paradigm Shift

In the last week, a series of events and meetings at my school signalled collectively that we’ve turned a corner with our view of some key processes. How we evaluate and improve the quality of teaching overall. The role of lesson observations The way we regard our action research activities as a feature of self-evaluation and … Continue reading

Taking Stock of the Education Agenda Part 1

Intro This has been a rather remarkable year in education and in my professional life.  Amid the permanent white water of policy change, I’ve been fortunate to have numerous opportunities to engage with teachers, school leaders, academics and policy-makers.  The world of twitter and blogging continues to provide a wonderfully rich seam of challenging material.  … Continue reading

The Great School Leadership Series: A Tool for Reflection

This collection of posts gathers my thoughts about effective leadership.  It’s a companion to the Great Lessons series from earlier this year. (Click each image to link to the post..) 1. Ethos 2. Vision 3. Strategy 4. People 5. Communication Using the Five Themes as a Basis for a 360 Review In writing this series, … Continue reading


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