“Money grows on the tree of persistence” from @BarlowCaroline

Call me a hopeless optimist but I am starting to believe that it is possible the campaign for fair and sufficient school funding could bear witness to this Japanese proverb. An Education Minster has acknowledged “School Funding is Tight” and “we need to be getting behind teachers”. There is a chance of moving beyond the tired rhetoric of “more money than ever in education” and the insistence school leaders simply ‘find efficiencies’. Continue reading


Accountability that Enables All Schools to Thrive and Flourish – HTRT Summit 2018

As a teacher, I have always been held to account for my performance – from my competency as a PGCE student, to how well my classes performed.  As a head of department I was happy to account for how my subjects performed; if we did well we supported others and when we underperformed we were supported.  It seemed rational and humane, robust and necessary. Continue reading

Ideas to Solve the Recruitment Crisis

Stephen Tierney, Chair of Headteachers’ Roundtable, opened this year’s HTRT summit with a poignant quotation from Desmond Tutu: “There comes a point when we need to stop just pulling people out of the river, we need to go upstream and find out why they are falling in”. Continue reading

Fishing in a Small Pool with Sharp Elbows and a Lack of Bait #Recruitment

I was recently asked to contribute to a TES feature about appointing teachers in the current recruitment climate. I commented that it was less like fishing in a talent pool and more akin to trawling a depleted puddle, minus bait and amongst others with sharp elbows. This inspired alternative titles for mine and Vic Goddard’s recruitment workshop at the recent HTRT Summit. Continue reading

To close or not to close that is the question? by @BinksNeateEvans

Over 3000 schools have shut nationally over the last few days. This much is true. Each school will have considered their unique circumstances very carefully. Schools are not wrong to close, they are not wrong to stay open. They are only wrong if they do not have a carefully thought through rationale. It is rarely opportunistic and despite the view of some, it’s actually quite stressful because we know the knock on effects all too well. Continue reading