‘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
With school budgets beginning to hit critical, across the country, too many schools are using scarce resources to fatten the profits of supply agencies. The use of “sign on or transfer” fees by supply agencies is something that rightly annoys and frustrates many school leaders. Continue reading
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
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
At our recent summit I attended a great workshop where Professor Becky Allen outlined the problem so clearly: it is us who have allowed this to happen – we have been the agents through which this awful audit culture has taken a grip in our schools. It isn’t our fault necessarily; but it is certainly our problem! And, as we have been the agents through which this was allowed to get a grip, we must the ones to dismantle it. Continue reading