Thursday, 28 May 2015

IT'S ALL ABOUT TEACHING AND TEAM WORK!

Building great schools and great provision requires strong and highly effective learning leadership, powerful governance, an organisational infrastructure with beautiful systems, financial resources and autonomy, professional excellence at all levels, intelligent accountability and brilliant, responsive and flexible support... and most of all it requires teamwork.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

IT'S EASY TO BE CRITICAL, BUT IT'S NOT THE CRITIC WHO COUNTS!

I am struggling to balance the negative, destructive and short sighted approaches and outpourings from the DfE and OFSTED, with the outstanding things I see every week in ordinary schools where ordinary teachers working with ordinary young people, are achieving extraordinary outcomes.

Monday, 25 May 2015

THINK POSITIVE!

BE POSITIVE!

“You can program yourself to be positive. Being positive is a discipline … 
and the more adversity you face, the more positive you have to be. 
Being positive helps build confidence and self-esteem”
Rick Pitino, University of Louisville Head Basketball Coach
Whatever the critics and the sceptics say education and learning has been transformed over the last 15 years and our successes are everywhere; not just the GCSE/Level 2/Key Stage results but the attendance and exclusion figures, the latest OFSTED analysis, work on healthy schools, work on developing the arts and music, work developing PE and school sport, work on tackling racism, work on inclusion and equity and much, much more. So many colleagues in so many schools have done a simply brilliant job... and always remember when it comes to judging our successes and failures "It is not the critic who counts...

Saturday, 23 May 2015

THE SEVEN KEYS TO RELEASING THE MAGIC!

These are seven things that will make a real difference in your family, your school, your team, or your organisation. Do all seven, and you will release real magic!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

OF COURSE WE WANT EVERY CHILD TO GO TO A GREAT SCHOOL... BUT THIS IS A SIMPLISTIC APPROACH!

In a world where OFSTED strikes fear into the hearts of headteachers and teachers, it is important to remember that the current short-term, quick fix and interventionist approach is not based on in-depth understanding of the research evidence about what works or a detailed understanding of the context and culture of schools.

THE MASTER CUTLER VISITS FIRTH PARK ACADEMY AGAIN!

I visited Firth Park Academy in Sheffield yesterday morning with David Grey, the Master Cutler, to celebrate the achievement of their engineering, NHS and cultural ambassadors.

Monday, 18 May 2015

WE NEED TO FIND ANOTHER WAY TO BUILD BRILLIANT PROVISION!

Acadamisation and take overs are not the answer! We need to find another way! The keys to success lie in recognising that the vast majority of the workforce in our schools have the ability to be outstanding and simply need to find themselves in a supportive, developmental culture which nurtures excellence, expect high standards and has high expectations.

HERE WE GO AGAIN!

We have created a negative and destructive culture where bullying, command and control and high stakes testing are seen as the only way to achieve excellence. Those in control dismiss anyone who disagrees with them as the 'enemies of ambition' despite evidence from the best performing systems across the world which reinforce the need to nurture, develop and support learning leadership, beautiful systems and intelligent accountability.

MUSIC AND THE ARTS MATTER!

Music and the arts are a central part of the human experience and young people cannot participate or understand our history without engaging in music and the arts...