Author Archives: johntomsett

About johntomsett

Headteacher in York. All views are my own.

This much I know about…metacognition and self-regulation

I have been a teacher for 29 years, a Headteacher for 14 years and, at the age of 53, this much I know about metacognition and self-regulation. As Jim Royle would say, “Magic dust, my ****!” If you read all … Continue reading

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This much I know about…being an agnostic

I have been a teacher for 29 years, a Headteacher for 14 years and, at the age of 53, this much I know about being an agnostic. When it comes to religion, I am an agnostic, I think. So it was … Continue reading

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This much I know about…how Progress 8 might just be a proxy measure for poverty and EAL

I have been a teacher for 29 years, a Headteacher for 14 years and, at the age of 53, this much I know about how Progress 8 might just be a proxy measure for poverty and EAL. It is worth pointing out … Continue reading

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This much I know about…how we can make 39,528 individual interventions to help vulnerable students make better progress

I have been a teacher for 29 years, a Headteacher for 14 years and, at the age of 53, this much I know about how we can make 39,528 individual interventions to help vulnerable students make better progress. Why is the … Continue reading

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This much I know about…how Manchester’s disadvantaged students beat York’s every time

I have been a teacher for 29 years, a Headteacher for 14 years and, at the age of 53, this much I know about how Manchester’s disadvantaged students beat York’s every time. How much do we really prioritise provision for our … Continue reading

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This much I know about…how, as school leaders, we have to solve the recruitment crisis ourselves

I have been a teacher for 29 years, a Headteacher for 14 years and, at the age of 53, this much I know about how, as school leaders, we have to solve the recruitment crisis ourselves. No more blame game. It … Continue reading

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This much I know about…being teased by colleagues

I have been a teacher for 29 years, a Headteacher for 14 years and, at the age of 53, this much I know about being teased by colleagues. A few weeks back during a full staff briefing I moaned about the younger … Continue reading

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