Author Archives: johntomsett

About johntomsett

Headteacher in York. All views are my own.

This much I know about…why we must pay our NHS staff properly

This much I know about why we must pay our NHS staff properly. ‘Tis now Spring, and all the pleasures of it displease me; every other tree blossoms, and I wither: I grow older, and not better; my strength diminisheth, … Continue reading

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This much I know about…what it feels like when you are criticised about your remote teaching

I have been a teacher for 32 years, a head teacher for 17 years and, at the age of 56, this much I know about what it feels like when you are criticised about your remote teaching. We don’t mine coal. … Continue reading

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This much I know about…when it is time to move on

I have been a teacher for 32 years, a head teacher for 17 years and, at the age of 56, this much I know about when it is time to move on. One of Huntington’s most notable alumni, Oliver Burkeman, … Continue reading

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This much I know about…where you can find school leadership wisdom in a challenging world

I have been a teacher for 32 years, a head teacher for 17 years and, at the age of 56, this much I know about where you can find school leadership wisdom in a challenging world. I am up early … Continue reading

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This much I know about…my modest proposal for grading GCSEs and A Levels this summer

I have been a teacher for 32 years, a head teacher for 17 years and, at the age of 56, this much I know about my modest proposal for grading GCSEs and A Levels this summer. A level results Day … Continue reading

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This much I know about…leading a school during a pandemic

I have been a teacher for 32 years, a head teacher for 17 years and, at the age of 56, this much I know about leading a school during a pandemic. Put staff first: Having the right people in front of … Continue reading

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This much I know about why….the Rt. Hon. Kate Green MP is wrong about the curriculum

I have been a teacher for 32 years, a head teacher for 17 years and, at the age of 56, this much I know about why the Rt. Hon. Kate Green MP is wrong about the curriculum. An edited version of … Continue reading

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This much I know about…Heaney, Hughes, Cooke, fishing and me!

I have been a teacher for 32 years, a head teacher for 17 years and, at the age of 56, this much I know about Heaney, Hughes, Cooke, fishing and me! By 9 am this morning six friends had sent me … Continue reading

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This much I know about…seven basic tips which might help NQTs teach from the front

I have been a teacher for 32 years, a head teacher for 17 years and, at the age of 56, this much I know about seven basic tips which might help NQTs teach from the front. It is hard to support … Continue reading

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This much I know about…how we can make our schools feel more social for colleagues during the pandemic

I have been a teacher for 32 years, a head teacher for 17 years and, at the age of 56, this much I know about how we can make our schools feel more social for colleagues during the pandemic. One … Continue reading

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