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Putting the OfSTED Framework to good use.

Recently we ran a useful OfSTED planning session with my SLT and some key governors to prepare the ground for next year.  We’re hugely likely to be inspected and we thought that, with new governors and refreshed SLT, it was time to revisit the framework together.  I take pride in our stance on OfSTED – … Continue reading

Research Evidence that has shaped what we do. #rEdYork

— My presentation at ResearchEd in York was an attempt to outline some of the research that has had a direct or indirect influence on our practice at Highbury Grove.  Here is a summary. The ideas we are working on at HGS include the following list; many of the ideas come from blogs. I’ve written about … Continue reading

Our School Development Plan Priorities 2016-7

  It’s that time of year when we’re looking ahead, planning for next year and beyond, trying to reorganise and regroup so that we’re moving forward.  As ever, we’re ambitious for what we can achieve and we’re trying move forward on lots of fronts.  Here are our School Development Plan headlines (the full plan is … Continue reading

Rethinking Success in the Post-Gaming Zero Sum Era

  My sense is that people across the education system have yet to fully appreciate the implications of the slow-creep bell-curve hold that’s been applied to school outcomes. Talking to folk from OfQual on a couple of occasions recently, they have reiterated the view that, even in systems regarded as successful, year on year improvement might … Continue reading

Great Teaching: Informed wisdom in the heat of every day practice. #EducationFest 2016

  Here are the slides from my talk at the Education Festival at Wellington.   The thrust of my talk was sharing the process I’ve been on as a teacher and leader in my school, helping teachers (and myself) to develop the most appropriate knowledge and strategies – the informed wisdom – needed to make … Continue reading

Schools should be more teacher-centred.

The idea that schools should be more teacher centred has been gathering momentum in my thinking.   In fact, the whole education system should be more teacher centred.  Ridiculously, to some folk, that will sound regressive  – because we’re supposed to say that everything we do is for the children.  Well, of course.  Schools are set … Continue reading

SEND IS Mainstream. But it’s complicated.

Lately I’ve been thinking a great deal about SEND provision in my school – for several reasons. a) It is at the forefront of our thinking as we plan our staffing and curriculum within the real-world context of declining financial resources – how best to deploy finite resources to meet the needs of every student? … Continue reading

Culture + Systems: The Spirit and The Letter

This is a slide I’ve used multiple times in various CPD sessions.  It’s a theme I return to over and over.   In numerous aspects of school leadership, I feel it’s important to consider the need to develop both the systems and the culture within which they operate, explicitly, deliberately and simultaneously.  Systems don’t work … Continue reading

Too much data; too many meetings: stop talking and do something.

In recent weeks, I’ve been thinking about the huge imbalance between the time and effort we spend identifying issues relative to the time and effort we spend doing something to address them.  There are two main areas where this imbalance comes into play:  assessment data and ‘referrals’. Here’s a thought experiment (One I’ve used before): … Continue reading

HGS CPD: Festival of Learning 2016:

  On Friday we held our second annual Festival of Learning following the success of the event we held last year.  Once again we were delighted to run this collaboratively with our colleagues from Samuel Rhodes School, our co-located special school partners . Here’s a flavour of the ideas that were shared. Teachmeet:  A series of … Continue reading

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