Tag Archives: Education

A Letter to my SLT: latest update.

In November I posted a copy of an email to one of my SLT, regarding my issues with the lesson observation process that my school insists on using (‘School Management Makes Teaching Impossible’). This email prompted the manager in question … Continue reading

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The OFSTED Christmas Message: more Fear than Cheer.

In January 1996, at the age of 22 I landed my first proper teaching job in Smethwick, an economically deprived, multi-cultural area of the West Midlands. A lovely school with a tough catchment. Early on, I remember a particularly confident, … Continue reading

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School Management Makes Teaching Impossible

“So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.” (Peter F Drucker) If you have read any of my blogs of recent months, then it won’t come as very much of a surprise to … Continue reading

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In Memory of an Outstanding Teacher

Mr Graham, ah, Mr Graham; a rotund, somewhat-less-than-healthy-looking middle-aged man. A great big bear of a man: slightly crumpled shirt, loose tie, a suit that had seen better days and the perpetual aroma of stale cigarette smoke. Mr Graham: a … Continue reading

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Is Michael Gove Lying to Us All?

There is no doubt about it: I have spent long enough ranting about both the internal and external inspection systems in schools.  I think prior readers will by now have realised, maybe even appreciated, my views on the whole disgraceful, … Continue reading

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Does Inclusion Work for Anyone?

I don’t work in a mainstream school and I don’t teach mainstream pupils. I teach pupils for whom the latest coded term is ‘vulnerable and complex’. Many of those that I work with have been excluded from mainstream provision because … Continue reading

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Empowered and Free? Not me, Mr Gove!

Michael Gove delivered a speech at The Policy Exchange, London yesterday (5th September), in which he championed both teachers and teaching. For a short while afterwards I felt a nice, warm glow of something approaching relief. I think there are … Continue reading

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What if Prince George turns out “as thick as a plank”? The issue of the ‘bottom 10%’

The future king of Great Britain arrived last week. Catapulted into an aristocratic world of wealth and privilege that most of us can only dream of. In this world, opulent palaces, Michelin-starred chefs, dressers, nannies, nursemaids and serving staff are … Continue reading

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The Creative Curriculum : Why Run Before You Can Walk?

“Mama said I was a dancer before I could walk. She said I began to sing long before I could talk”…so went the lyrics to the song ‘Thank You for the Music’ by seventies Swedish super-group, Abba. Lovely stuff and … Continue reading

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