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Opening Statement for HTRT Summit 2019

Welcome to the HTRT Summit 2019; we are living in interesting times.  Standing on the edge of the 2020s, looking a decade as yet untouched, we need to bring a deep sense of hope, optimism and belief to our work.  The 2020s must become the best of times for the increasing number of children and young people who will be in our schools.  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

“In the window” by James Eldon (@EldonPrincipal; Blog 14 2018-19)

I was out for a coffee the other weekend with a close friend who isn’t in education and he asked me how work was, I offered some platitudes and concluded with the sentence ‘but we’re now firmly in the Ofsted window’ and expected this to lead to a moment of silence and empathetic unity but it didn’t really chime and we moved onto discussing the small matter of the political break down of the UK.

How to explain what ‘being in the inspection window’ feels like to anyone not in education? Continue reading

“Who Let the Dogs In?” by Rob Campbell (@robcampbe11; Blog 13 2018-19)

It’s been a silent and stealthy occurrence. Without a strategic plan or a national campaign, quietly it’s happened – dogs are invading our schools. Continue reading

Conflicted Inclusion? Ofsted’s New Framework and SEND

My first impressions after reading through the draft Ofsted framework, I am glad this is a draft!  There is no subtlety in the construction of these (defensive) documents in telling us that children/ young people with SEND were an afterthought.  Despite its assertions for its existence, you don’t have to read too much to identify that its purpose is still as disjointed and conflicted as ever, negatively impacting on its role to promote inclusion. Continue reading