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Our Core Purpose: Ambition for All

Vision matters.  In a complex organisation with multiple stakeholders, everyone needs to know what the overarching goals are.  When things are difficult and messy, it’s very powerful to keep the long-term vision in mind so that the journey feels worthwhile and the problems seem solvable – in the long-run, if you give yourself enough time. … Continue reading

Part 2: Bridging the Disadvantage Chasm.

  In my last post I tried to illustrate the chasm that separates our most advantaged from our most disadvantaged students; students in the same community, side by side in the classroom, yet living worlds apart.  Every day brings reminders of that chasm in one form or another.  The question is – what can we … Continue reading

Course Correction. The leadership path is never straight.

Nothing goes according to plan.  That’s my experience of education.  From the scale of my lessons to long-term whole-school initiatives, nothing ever seems to work out in the way that I imagine.   I now see that as not only normal and inevitable, but a healthy, intrinsic part of the process.  There’s a business management book … Continue reading

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

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

Next Steps on the Highbury Grove Mission

This is the time for taking stock and planning ahead.  We’re in the midst of an exciting vision-building process at Highbury Grove, working towards a Vision 2020 document that hopefully will capture our aspirations for the school over the next five years.  More immediately we’re working on the priorities for next year; obviously the two … 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

Processes, outcomes and measuring what we value.

I produced this diagram as part of a paper ‘Measuring Success and Securing Accountability’ for my governors and SLT.  One reason for writing it is that, along with everyone else, we face a very turbulent period in our examination system.  Over the next few years, there are so many changes to the measures we’ve been … Continue reading

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

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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