Author Archives: johntomsett

About johntomsett

Headteacher in York. All views are my own.

This much I know about…how, on Mother’s Day, our mother is still here, against the odds

I have been a teacher for 28 years, a Headteacher for 13 years and, at the age of 52, this much I know about how, on Mother’s Day, our mother is still here, against the odds. On the weekend my brother … Continue reading

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This much I know about…how not to recruit, thanks to fellow Headteacher Stuart Simmonds

I have been a teacher for 28 years, a Headteacher for 13 years and, at the age of 52, this much I know about how not to recruit, thanks to fellow Headteacher Stuart Simmonds. From the BBC series People Like … Continue reading

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This much I know about…the importance of having a vision for your school, high expectations, an anonymous note and feeling discontented

I have been a teacher for 28 years, a Headteacher for 13 years and, at the age of 52, this much I know about the importance of having a vision for your school, high expectations, an anonymous note and feeling … Continue reading

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This much I know about…how best to support our most disadvantaged students

I have been a teacher for 28 years, a Headteacher for 13 years and, at the age of 52, this much I know about how best to support our most disadvantaged students. Sobering moments can hit you unexpectedly. I was … Continue reading

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This much I know about…modelling deliberate writing to a hall full of more than one hundred Year 13 students

I have been a teacher for 28 years, a Headteacher for 13 years and, at the age of 52, this much I know about modelling deliberate writing to a hall full of more than one hundred Year 13 students. I write … Continue reading

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This much I know about…whether mindfulness training has the potential to shift the adolescent population away from psychopathology and towards improved mental health and well-being?

I have been a teacher for 28 years, a Headteacher for 13 years and, at the age of 52, this much I know about whether mindfulness training has the potential to shift the adolescent population away from psychopathology and towards improved … Continue reading

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This much I know about…teaching Carol Ann Duffy’s poem “War Photographer

I have been a teacher for 28 years, a Headteacher for 13 years and, at the age of 52, this much I know about teaching Carol Ann Duffy’s poem “War Photographer”. It doesn’t take much to make me feel like … Continue reading

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