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not being heard

03 Dec 2021

Schools are still in survival mode between now and the end of term, with plays, concerts, decorations, fairs and jolly Christmas Jumper days keeping the mood light and bearable, but there is a sharp and dark reality that we have a creaking and cracking system around us. Every teacher and parent that I know will have shed tears on hearing the details of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes' short and frightening life experience.

The undisclosed but real challenge

02 Nov 2021

There is still an undisclosed challenge for a key strata of staff in schools. Read this post to find out more.

Hanging on by a thread

19 Oct 2021

As this half term comes to a close, there are some really exhausted leaders and teachers. Rebuilding stamina and rebuilding school culture has only just begun.

Productivity tools to effectively manage workload and communications

12 Oct 2021

School communications, both internal and external, have reached the status that requires the best school business manager, school admin, and personal assistance that money can buy. But what happens if your school budget is so focused on basic and necessary delivery such as having enough adults in the room, that productivity relies heavily on the senior leadership team or the headteacher themselves? This post looks at how we manage our productivity and communications to best effect, including the use of productivity tools.

I don’t want to quit before the miracles: on-line learning strategy moving forward

29 Mar 2021

Safeguarding takes up a lot of space for many schools right now. This will be at the back of many minds during this Easter break. The horizon is long however. Cautious optimism. Is that a Covid Oxymoron? Will it be a bit like freewheeling down a hill on your bicycle with the brakes on? The importance of your whole strategy for on-line learning is still a beast to tame. And it is a whole school issue. Who is tasked with this responsibility?

Pupil/teacher relationship. The holy grail.

23 Mar 2021

So this post introduces us to think carefully about the teachers that made you, influenced you to take the next step, or those that believed in you, when you didn't, or couldn't.

The Masked Singer, The Masked Reader, The Masked Teacher

16 Mar 2021

Communicating through the use of eyes only and muffled instruction must be the hardest parlour game there is.

International Women’s Day: ‘A woman in a man’s world’

08 Mar 2021

Yes, we know at times that it may be a man's world but it would be nothing without a woman, and nothing without both.

We made it. Eight weeks of homeschooling. Lockdown #3

05 Mar 2021

How on earth did we really manage that? Time for a cup of coffee and a moment to celebrate that we all made it through homeschooling, with a tune to lose ourselves in, and a dance around the kitchen.

Men, lockdown and the equality agenda

03 Mar 2021

This post is a tribute to the many men in my professional life, who truly hold all those around them with the utmost respect, whatever their gender.