Author Archives: johntomsett

About johntomsett

Headteacher in York. All views are my own.

This much I know about…teaching students how to write a paragraph with deliberate precision

I have been a teacher for 29 years, a Headteacher for 14 years and, at the age of 53, this much I know about teaching students how to write a paragraph with deliberate precision. Teaching students how to write with deliberate precision … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching and Learning | 1 Comment

This much I know about…what the new GCSEs tell us about our students’ attainment

I have been a teacher for 29 years, a Headteacher for 14 years and, at the age of 53, this much I know about what the new GCSEs tell us about our students’ attainment. Before you read any further, I would … Continue reading

Posted in General educational issues | Leave a comment

This much I know about…the importance of teaching students the skills to broaden their vocabulary

I have been a teacher for 29 years, a Headteacher for 14 years and, at the age of 53, this much I know about the importance of teaching students the skills to broaden their vocabulary. Words matter more than ever. … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching and Learning | 2 Comments

This much I know about…overcoming my prejudices to the benefit of my students

I have been a teacher for 29 years, a Headteacher for 14 years and, at the age of 53, this much I know about overcoming my prejudices to the benefit of my students Multiple choice questions have always been abhorrent … Continue reading

Posted in School Leadership, Teaching and Learning | 2 Comments

This much I know about…why job satisfaction matters

I have been a teacher for 29 years, a Headteacher for 14 years and, at the age of 53, this much I know about why job satisfaction matters. We had a visit from the DfE this week. They wanted to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

This much I know about…why, more surely than ever, I think it is essential for school leaders to teach

I have been a teacher for 29 years, a Headteacher for 14 years and, at the age of 53, this much I know about why, more surely than ever, I think it is essential for school leaders to teach. What … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

This much I know about…the folly of valuing effort over outcomes

I have been a teacher for 29 years, a Headteacher for 14 years and, at the age of 53, this much I know about the folly of valuing effort over outcomes. What do we value most in teachers, effort or … Continue reading

Posted in School Leadership, Teaching and Learning | 6 Comments