High Five: A Roundup of the Opening Keynotes from the 2017 ASCL Conference

Malcolm Trobe: The Responsibilities and Obligations of Leadership The fundamental issue is that there is not enough money coming into education. System-wide, it is surely more economically efficient to provide an incentive which improves retention of teachers in the system than to have significant numbers leave and have to train ever greater numbers to replace … More High Five: A Roundup of the Opening Keynotes from the 2017 ASCL Conference

Some Advice for New(ish) or Aspiring Heads of Department

If you’re a new(ish) head of department, or someone thinking about making a first foray into the murky world of middle leadership, this post contains a bit of advice for you to consider.  Nothing earth-shattering: just a few of the things that I learned over the six or so years that I was a HoD. … More Some Advice for New(ish) or Aspiring Heads of Department

Broken Windows Behaviour

The Broken Windows study, carried out by social scientists James Wilson and George Kelling in 1982, highlights the link between conspicuous maintenance of an urban environment and the apparent reduction of crime and disorderly behaviour.  The basic thinking is this: a broken window that is left unrepaired signals that nobody’s particularly bothered about the building, … More Broken Windows Behaviour

Should SLT teach their fair share of the awkward squad?

A very simple opening gambit from me: I believe that senior leaders should regularly teach a decent number of students who are challenging in terms of both behaviour and educational needs.  That’s not to say I believe that senior leaders shouldn’t have a mixed timetable with a nice bit of sixth-form here and there, nor … More Should SLT teach their fair share of the awkward squad?

In Praise of Twitter: The Strength of Weak Ties

It’s common sense to believe that networks formed of individuals who share close ties are more functional and, ultimately, more useful, than networks where the connections are more disparate.  In schools, it often seems that it’s our closest colleagues who influence and affect us the most – members of same department team, for example.  However, … More In Praise of Twitter: The Strength of Weak Ties

Blog: Just a teacher

Here are the descriptors of good teaching, learning and assessment, as published in the most recent edition of the Ofsted School Inspection Handbook: The verbs that I’ve highlighted in red suggest that teaching good lessons and creating a stable environment conducive to good quality learning, as defined by Ofsted, requires a broad range of skills: … More Blog: Just a teacher