Professional cyclist and legend of the sport, Lance Armstrong, was stripped of the seven Tour de France titles he gained between 1999 and 2005. Having heroically recovered from cancer and returned to professional cycling to win The Tour, his fall from grace was spectacular. His doping confession on The Oprah Winfrey Show in January 2013 sent shock waves through the sporting world. If Lance Armstrong was a cheat, then who else was? Continue reading
Had I not ventured into education, I like to think Hollywood script writing would have been a decent back up career.
Although nearly everyone involved in the film has now been disgraced, one of my favourite film scripts is Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects – Christopher McQuarrie won an Oscar for his 1995 original screenplay. In an additional stroke of genius, Kevin Spacey also won an Oscar for his portrayal of a small time criminal who turned out to be something far more sinister – who’d have thought it? Continue reading
At our recent summit I attended a great workshop where Professor Becky Allen outlined the problem so clearly: it is us who have allowed this to happen – we have been the agents through which this awful audit culture has taken a grip in our schools. It isn’t our fault necessarily; but it is certainly our problem! And, as we have been the agents through which this was allowed to get a grip, we must the ones to dismantle it. Continue reading
Call me a hopeless optimist but I am starting to believe that it is possible the campaign for fair and sufficient school funding could bear witness to this Japanese proverb. An Education Minster has acknowledged “School Funding is Tight” and “we need to be getting behind teachers”. There is a chance of moving beyond the tired rhetoric of “more money than ever in education” and the insistence school leaders simply ‘find efficiencies’. Continue reading
As a teacher, I have always been held to account for my performance – from my competency as a PGCE student, to how well my classes performed. As a head of department I was happy to account for how my subjects performed; if we did well we supported others and when we underperformed we were supported. It seemed rational and humane, robust and necessary. Continue reading