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“Stop Boiling the Frog” by @duncanspalding

Lifeworld and systemworld.

The following blog is taken from the work that I recently did for my MEd course. In researching values driven leadership in English co-operative secondary schools, I explored ethical leadership and school culture in some detail. In doing so I came across the work of Thomas Sergiovanni and in particular his thinking about the elements that go together to help create school culture and ethos. Continue reading


Sufficient and Fair Funding for Every School #stillnotlistening

Apparently, schools have never had it so good.  There’s more money than ever before and record numbers of teachers are available to work in our schools. This view from Government and the Department for Education lacks credibility and for many schools and their head teachers, our experience is very different.  Continue reading

Sailing the ‘C’s of Educational Leadership by @HelenaMarsh81

‘Rough seas make the best sailors’. A leadership analogy that many head teachers will recognise. It’s the times of complexity and challenge that really test you as a school leader – the things that they don’t teach you on NPQH that require you to dig deep and use your moral compass to guide you through a battering experience. Continue reading

The Lance Armstrong Theory of Educational Accountability (@davewhitaker246)

Professional cyclist and legend of the sport, Lance Armstrong, was stripped of the seven Tour de France titles he gained between 1999 and 2005. Having heroically recovered from cancer and returned to professional cycling to win The Tour, his fall from grace was spectacular. His doping confession on The Oprah Winfrey Show in January 2013 sent shock waves through the sporting world. If Lance Armstrong was a cheat, then who else was? Continue reading

Keyser Soze (Who’s to blame? Us?) by @keziah70

Had I not ventured into education, I like to think Hollywood script writing would have been a decent back up career.

Although nearly everyone involved in the film has now been disgraced, one of my favourite film scripts is Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects – Christopher McQuarrie won an Oscar for his 1995 original screenplay. In an additional stroke of genius, Kevin Spacey also won an Oscar for his portrayal of a small time criminal who turned out to be something far more sinister – who’d have thought it? Continue reading