Category Archives: Leadership

Trapped: The State Sanctioned Black Market in Professional Time

I was inspired to write this short blog after seeing some slides produced by a friend and colleague, Phil Wood (A founder member of HTRT). It made me think about the term I have chosen for this title and how relevant it is to the work we do in schools today. Put simply, it is impossible to run a successful school without staff working longer than their contracted time. Continue reading

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“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

“Living And Leading Without The Badge” by @BarlowCaroline; Blog 16 2018-19

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