“What I have learned about supporting headteachers” by Ros McMullen @RosMcM

When I was first a head, back in 2000, I had taken on a particularly challenging school and had a ‘consultancy team’ of 3 experienced heads working with me. They worked in the background coaching and advising me and, crucially, alerting me to ‘what will happen next’. The improvements we made to the school were massive and my induction into headship was absolutely amazingly good – I was constantly participating in discussions with very experienced heads focussing directly on what was required at my school. I think I must have gained around 10 years of experience in my first year. Continue reading

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Flexible Working by Keziah Featherstone (@Keziah70)

That the Department for Education recently held a summit on flexible working suggests that they may finally be acknowledging that recruitment and retention is an issue.  Of course, nothing the DfE recommends will actually happen in schools unless headteachers make it happen. So, one more thing to place at our feet. Continue reading

Five Years On; We Seek Influence Not Credit

It helps every now and then to take a look back at the road travelled.  The initial pioneers who set up Headteachers’ Roundtable, meeting at the Guardian Offices on the 12th October 2012, hopefully feel proud of the group they established and the work it has done.   Continue reading

“Education is for life not just for Ofsted” by Helena Marsh (@HelenaMarsh81)

Preamble: The Heads’ Roundtable Core Group is disappointed that the scheduled meeting with the HMCI at Ofsted on Friday 15 September had to be postponed due to the closure of London Euston. With trains terminating at Milton Keynes, it proved difficult for colleagues to arrive in London on time. We remain delighted that Ofsted continues to engage and meet with us. Our meeting has been rearranged for Friday 8 December. Continue reading

National Baccalaureate for England: Join in; sign up with @natbacctrust

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In our view, establishing a National Baccalaureate for England is a policy gift for anyone responsible for taking our education system forward.  Thankfully, we don’t have to wait.  Schools and colleges can get started right away.

The National Baccalaureate for England now exists as a framework for ensuring all learners have a rich, broad curriculum experience throughout their school life, giving recognition for all their achievements.

The model is simple:  Core Learning + Personal Project + Personal Development Programme.

Details about the Nat Bacc core principles can be found here: http://www.natbacctrust.org/core-principles/

Ideas for Getting Started can be found here: http://www.natbacctrust.org/getting-started/

We are very much looking forward to the National Baccalaureate Summit at Priory Ruskin Academy in Grantham on Friday June 30th.

We’ll be hearing from schools in Lincolnshire and Oxfordshire that have developed the model and discussing the practicalities schools should consider in joining us in our piloting process.  This applies to primary and secondary schools…

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