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100 second Blog: Toxic climates for learning- what are the leadership factors contributing and what do we need to do to improve leadership?

  The  100 second blog I’ve been reading about toxic work environments in schools this week.  So for my first  100 second  blog, I want to provide a brief commentary on what might be going wrong in our schools and what needs to happen to have a positive climate for learning Characteristics of toxic climate Read more about 100 second Blog: Toxic climates for learning- what are the leadership factors contributing and what do we need to do to improve leadership?[…]

Ofsted wants a fairer way to judge schools in 2019. I’m not convinced and there are more questions to be answered.

Ofsted wants a fairer way to judge schools in 2019. I’m not convinced and there are more questions to be answered. I was struck by Amanda Spielman’s interview on BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning.   Articulate, earnest and confident, Spielman outlined what the future will likely be for the revised Inspection framework in 2019. Read more about Ofsted wants a fairer way to judge schools in 2019. I’m not convinced and there are more questions to be answered.[…]

As Brexit fast approaches, Colin Cattanach asks: What does Brexit mean for education in his home city of Bath?

As the UK comes to terms with leaving the European Union after the historic referendum Colin Cattanach, former Principal of a Bath secondary school asks ‘What does Brexit mean for education in Bath?’ Bath is a global city. This is not just a factor of mass tourism and the attraction of Bath as a tourism Read more about As Brexit fast approaches, Colin Cattanach asks: What does Brexit mean for education in his home city of Bath?[…]

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are a leader

I want to be a successful school leader? So, what does it take to be a great school leader? I love working with people. That may sound an obvious statement for a leader but to me its pivotal to being a great leader. For me, leadership isn’t just simply about selling an idea, engaging with people and Read more about If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are a leader[…]

Does Pupil Premium actually help transform life chances of our most vulnerable pupils or does it just create a ‘frenzy’ of incoherent school intervention?

For my first blog, I thought I’d share with you my views (light hearted and serious) on ‘Pupil Premium’; often viewed erroneously by some school leaders as some sort of ‘magic money’ store that if spent carefully will raise standards in our schools for disadvantaged children. I have been a Headteacher for 6 years and Read more about Does Pupil Premium actually help transform life chances of our most vulnerable pupils or does it just create a ‘frenzy’ of incoherent school intervention?[…]