Category Archives: HTRT Summit

“SNOW” by Keziah Featherstone (@keziah70; Blog 17 2018-19)

I love snow; it is my favourite type of precipitation. I rarely feel as peaceful as when crunching through piles of the stuff, tinglingly cold and somehow quietening the world. Even though the itinerary was stupidly rushed, I’ve spent three nights of my half term break in Iceland, gobbling up the snowy lava fields and glaciers. Beautifully refreshing. Continue reading

Accountability that Enables All Schools to Thrive and Flourish – HTRT Summit 2018

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

Ideas to Solve the Recruitment Crisis

Stephen Tierney, Chair of Headteachers’ Roundtable, opened this year’s HTRT summit with a poignant quotation from Desmond Tutu: “There comes a point when we need to stop just pulling people out of the river, we need to go upstream and find out why they are falling in”. Continue reading

Fishing in a Small Pool with Sharp Elbows and a Lack of Bait #Recruitment

I was recently asked to contribute to a TES feature about appointing teachers in the current recruitment climate. I commented that it was less like fishing in a talent pool and more akin to trawling a depleted puddle, minus bait and amongst others with sharp elbows. This inspired alternative titles for mine and Vic Goddard’s recruitment workshop at the recent HTRT Summit. Continue reading