Author Archives: johntomsett

About johntomsett

Headteacher in York. All views are my own.

This much I know about…feeling like a dinosaur

I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about feeling like a dinosaur. ‘Tis now Spring, and all the pleasures of it displease me; every … Continue reading

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This much I know about…why educational research matters more than ever

I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about why educational research matters more than ever. It’s OK to be unsure about what you think. In a … Continue reading

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This much I know about…trying to improve my teaching deliberately

I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about trying to improve my teaching deliberately. I think you have to teach, no matter how demanding … Continue reading

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This much I know about…the trouble with educational research

I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about the trouble with educational research. Like my imaginary teacher, Masie Tubbs, the vast majority of teachers do … Continue reading

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This much I know about…daffodils

I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about daffodils. The only way to make your cut flowers last is to keep them out of … Continue reading

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This much I know about…why we should stop intervening and focus upon improving the quality of teaching

I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about why we should stop intervening and focus upon improving the quality of teaching. This is my … Continue reading

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This much I know about…why we should never grade individual lessons again!

I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about…why we should never grade individual lessons again! What is the Headteacher’s single most important responsibility? If … Continue reading

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This much I know about…teaching students how to plan stonkingly good essays!

I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about teaching students how to plan stonkingly good essays! The art of essay planning is difficult to … Continue reading

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This much I know about…loving the job again

I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about loving the job again. I do like a good aphorism. These famous lines from Mark Twain … Continue reading

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This much I know about…the choice facing school leaders

I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about the choice facing school leaders. Nearly every worthwhile thought I have is derived from something I’ve … Continue reading

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