Category Archives: General educational issues

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 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…our Outstanding OFSTED judgement

I have been a teacher for 29 years, a Headteacher for 14 years and, at the age of 53, this much I know about our Outstanding OFSTED judgement. Too much of sport operates under the tyranny of the result…the core principle … Continue reading

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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

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This much I know about… how, despite our best efforts, we are failing the students who need us most

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, despite our best efforts, we are failing the students who need us most. On 17 … Continue reading

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This much I know about a simple way to monitor our pupils’ mental health.

I have been a teacher for 28 years, a Headteacher for 13 years and, at the age of 52, this much I know about a simple way to monitor our pupils’ mental health. This coming week, the 6th – 12th … Continue reading

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