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January 23, 2018

I had an article published recently where the editor had described me as a “champion of collaboration”. I was completely delighted because:

a) it proved that at least one person had actually read some of the stuff I write where I bang on about schools working together f...

November 26, 2017

I went to a conference this week. My calendar planned it as follows:

Tuesday 3.30pm: Leave for Hotel

Weds 9.00am: Leave hotel for Conference

Weds: 9.30am to 3.30pm: Attend Conference

Weds: 3.30pm Leave for home

Weds: 8.00pm Arrive home.

Here’s how it actually went:

Monday 9.0...

September 24, 2017

I’m puzzled. And I don’t like being puzzled. I think I must have misread something along the way or got the wrong end of the stick. Somehow or other, and I don’t know how, the defining lines between workload and wellbeing have become very blurry indeed.

There was a surv...

August 1, 2017

It's only a week and a bit into the summer holidays and, even though I was at work all last week, I've already achieved a state of near Nirvana  as I can, quite literally, feel the stresses of a challenging year drain away in almost direct comparison to the diminishing...

July 3, 2017

Many years ago I got my first job in a school, I was employed as a performance-data-come-everything else  person and it was my first experience of education since I left school myself. It was a tough school in the East End of London, and worlds away from the private co...

June 25, 2017

A Chronic Condition

My daughter has Type 1 Diabetes. That's the one where your pancreas fails completely for no apparent reason. It's nothing to do with your diet or weight, it's the one where you have to test your blood throughout the day, eat sugary snacks when your b...

May 16, 2017

I have a son who's 11.  He's doing his SATS next week. He's a bright little boy and he's also autistic, which is his case means he's got an astounding sense of logic which could give Mr Spock a run for his money, combined with a social detachment which leaves him unabl...

May 14, 2017

Many years ago, back in the days when the government supported my profession by adequately funding it (I'm not bitter), I was taking the Certificate of School Business Management, or it might have been the Diploma, I forget - the memories are hazy and the vodka in the...

April 30, 2017

Loads of schools have someone like me; almost all secondaries, lots of primaries, some specials. We're the ones tasked with managing the school's finances and resources - all the non-teaching things that keep the liner afloat. We write the budget, manage the finances,...

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