Author Archives: johntomsett

About johntomsett

Headteacher in York. All views are my own.

This much I know about…why Christine Counsell is right about teaching knowledge and cultural capital

I have been a teacher for 30 years, a Headteacher for 15 years and, at the age of 54, this much I know about why Christine Counsell is right about teaching knowledge and cultural capital. This post’s genesis lies in … Continue reading

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This much I know about…behaviour management, “flattening the grass” and Mary Myatt

I have been a teacher for 30 years, a Headteacher for 15 years and, at the age of 54, this much I know about behaviour management, “flattening the grass” and Mary Myatt. A simple truth: you cannot teach as well … Continue reading

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This much I know about…reading, vocabulary and missing Alex Quigley!

I have been a teacher for 30 years, a Headteacher for 15 years and, at the age of 54, this much I know about reading, vocabulary and missing Alex Quigley! I was privileged to work closely with Alex Quigley for … Continue reading

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This much I know about…a fundamental basic of behaviour management

I have been a teacher for 30 years and a head teacher for 15 years, and this much I know about a fundamental basic of behaviour management. We have banned headphones and earphones. We twigged, way after we should have … Continue reading

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This much I know about…how to use research evidence to improve both my teaching and my students’ outcomes

I have been a teacher for 30 years, a Headteacher for 15 years and, at the age of 54, this much I know about how to use research evidence to improve both my teaching and my students’ outcomes. In this article, … Continue reading

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This much I know about…choosing how to think

I have been a teacher for 30 years, a Headteacher for 15 years and, at the age of 54, this much I know about choosing how to think. Doun from thennes faste he gan avyse This litel spot of erthe… … Continue reading

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This much I know about…art, family, friends and the essential self

I have been a teacher for 30 years, a Headteacher for 15 years and, at the age of 54, this much I know about art, family, friends and the essential self. Scotland at Easter is special. Every year since 2005 … Continue reading

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