Category Archives: Leadership

Living And Leading Without The Badge by @BarlowCaroline

There’s a story in our family which everyone loves as it proves how difficult I was as a child. It involves me being thrown out of The Brownies. The 8-year-old me, resplendent in brown and yellow uniform, apparently asked quite pointedly, why it was necessary for us to dance around a tin-foil pond when we could all see it was not real. Continue reading


“A New Hope or The Empire Strikes Back?” by David Whitaker (@davewhitaker246; Blog 15 2018-19)

Ofsted, funding and all the other stuff that bugs us in special schools…

Sometimes it feels like it is a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Here, good battles evil and dark lords are moving around the galaxy imposing rules that seem to encourage rebellion. But rebellion is not easy and it feels like uprisings can be quashed at every turn by decisions that are made without thought or care for the people it impacts upon. Continue reading

Facing the Challenge of Ofsted’s New Framework for Primary Schools

The proposed Ofsted framework for 2019 is here. How can primary school leaders embrace the curriculum opportunities it brings? Continue reading

“What I’ve learned about what works and what doesn’t work” by Ros McMullen (@RosMcM; Blog 12 2018-19)

This blog was inspired by one of our wonderful Vice Principals (@bennewmark) who blogged this year on what he had found to work and not work in teaching, I shall attempt to do the same about headship.

Things That Don’t Work Continue reading

“Ten Tips for Settling In to Leadership” by James Eldon @EldonPrincipal (Blog 10 2018-19)

In September I started my second headship. Some thoughts about being a new leader… Continue reading