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About johntomsett

Headteacher in York. All views are my own.

This much I know about…the challenges for early career headteachers: managing the fact that the buck stops with you

I have been a teacher for 31 years, a head teacher for 16 years and, at the age of 55, this much I know about the challenges for early career headteachers: managing the fact that the buck stops with you. … Continue reading

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This much I know about…the challenges for early career headteachers: forging your relationship with the chair of governors

I have been a teacher for 31 years, a head teacher for 16 years and, at the age of 55, this much I know about the challenges for early career headteachers: forging your relationship with the chair of governors. I … Continue reading

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This much I know about…Mortimer & Whitehouse and their motivational tomatoes!

I have been a teacher for 31 years, a Headteacher for 16 years and, at the age of 55, this much I know about Mortimer & Whitehouse and their motivational tomatoes! Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing is the BBC’s unlikely … Continue reading

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This much I know about…the value of choosing English Literature A Level

I have been a teacher for 31 years, a Headteacher for 16 years and, at the age of 55, this much I know about the value of choosing English Literature A Level. Studying English Literature A Level changed my life. … Continue reading

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This much I know about…why I am not taking my pension (even though I could)

I have been a teacher for 31 years, a Headteacher for 16 years and, at the age of 55, this much I know about why I am not taking my pension (even though I could). A teacher’s 55th birthday is … Continue reading

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This much I know about…how I have transformed my own teaching

I have been a teacher for 31 years, a Headteacher for 16 years and, at the age of 54, this much I know about how I have transformed my own teaching. I never thought I would transform my teaching in … Continue reading

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This much I know about…why a song speaks to my soul

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 a song speaks to my soul. According to Seamus Heaney, when a writer’s work speaks … Continue reading

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