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February 12, 2018

If you can keep your Head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust your Head when all men doubt them,

But make allowance for their doubting you;

If you support and don’t expect supporting,

Get moaned about, and not resort to moans,

If unde...

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...

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,...

April 17, 2017

An ex-colleague researching the current issues in education recently asked me for a non-teaching SLT comment on the key issues/priorities facing the profession at present. As an experienced school leader whose remit sits beyond the classroom and with an objective, perh...

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