Managing the Unimaginable

Over the next few days we’ll release a series of blogs by James Eldon (Headteacher) and Jon Chaloner (CEO). From their different perspectives, these two school leaders will reflect on the pandemic – a place where none of us have ever been before; what was and what is.

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Leadership In A Crisis – A Herculean Effort

As we pass into month two of this lockdown my fundamental hope remains that we take this opportunity to fail forward, learn from our mistakes, and make better decisions for both mankind and our planet. Only yesterday a Headteacher I know became a dad. That little boy will most likely see the start of the next century. It’s a reminder of our collective stewardship, today, for his tomorrow.

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Our Poorest Children Need Help Now #FSM4Easter

Over the past few weeks, schools – their governors, leaders, teachers and support staff – have risen to the civic challenge of helping our country face COVID-19.  Amongst many challenges of their essential work, ensuring children from the most disadvantaged families are adequately fed has been at the top of their agenda.

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Time to Stop Supporting a Broken System? #PauseOfsted

“It is with much soul searching that I decided I could no longer be associated with, or represent, Ofsted as an inspector or advocate. As someone who used to publicly praise and support Ofsted I find I can no longer defend the many flaws I now see in the system” … so started the resignation letter from Dame Nicola Stephenson DBE.

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Viewing Ofsted from the Inside and Out by @Julespg #PauseOfsted

My first experience of Ofsted was as a teacher in 1996. In those days, the visit was announced many months in advance by ‘the brown envelope’, but the staff got to know about the impending inspection through the paint colour chart circulated to all classrooms, heralding the arrival of the decorators.

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