Category Archives: School Leadership

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…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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This much I know about…managing my mental health

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 managing my mental health. I have just finished Alastair Campbell’s book Living Better: how I learned to … Continue reading

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This much I know about…why now, more than ever, teachers need their headteachers to teach (if they possibly can)

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 now, more than ever, teachers need their headteachers to teach (if they possibly can). This … Continue reading

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This much I know about…fully reopening school, why we all now need a garden and my angling addiction

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 fully reopening school, why we all now need a garden and my angling addiction. It is … Continue reading

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This much I know about…why teachers need to have interests away from work

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 teachers need to have interests away from work. I have just had my pacemaker replaced. … Continue reading

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This much I know about…planning for “catch up” when our students return in September

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 planning for “catch up” when our students return in September. There is so much catastrophising … Continue reading

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This much I know about…providing direction for my Subject Leader colleagues for September

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 providing direction for my Subject Leader colleagues for September. This is the letter I wrote … Continue reading

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