Tuesday, 16 December 2014

GREAT COLLEAGUES AND GOOD FRIENDS... PASS IT ON!

I was in Leeds again today and it was really great to have Christmas lunch at Thai Edge with some old friends and colleagues who, after four years, I still miss.

Monday, 15 December 2014

THE MASTER CUTLER VISITS FIRTH PARK ACADEMY... PASS IT ON!

I visited Firth Park Academy in Sheffield this morning with David Grey, the Master Cutler, Doug Liversidge, who chairs the Cutlers Education Committee and George Kilburn, the Cutlers Company Chief Executive.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

REAL CHANGE TAKES TIME... PASS IT ON!

It's always interested me that the evidence, alongside the school improvement and development research, strongly suggests that short 'quick fix' inputs have limited impact.

Friday, 12 December 2014

WE KNOW WHAT WORKS... PASS IT ON!

As we face the fallout from Sir Michael Wilshaw's latest Annual Report, it is important to remember that the answer isn't academies and free schools and it isn't the short-term, quick fix interventionist approach led by super-heroes. These things might have their appeal but, even OFSTED agree, they don't work.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

CHARACTER, RESILIENCE AND GRIT... PASS IT ON!

We face financial problems, more cuts, local authority services increasingly under pressure, schools facing increasing challenge and academisation, OFSTED turning up the pressure and plenty of other challenges. Clearly to be successful, as demonstrated by Nicky Morgan who wants to send the army in and Tristram Hunt who realises we ned something different, we need to develop character, resilience and grit alongside knowledge and understanding.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

INTERESTING READING... PASS IT ON!

Sir Michael Wilshaw's fourth Annual Report sets out the challenges we face
and what we need to do to continue to improve schools. 

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

MORE OPPORTUNITIES AHEAD... PASS IT ON!

We see the OFSTED Annual Report published tomorrow and I suppose that we are going to get more and more criticism and more and more initiatives as we gear up for the general election next May. More challenges, more opportunities and more quick fixes.

Monday, 8 December 2014

WE ARE ALL STORYTELLERS... PASS IT ON!

Research shows that every learner has the potential to be brilliant given individual support and guidance. The keys to brilliant performance lie in great teaching supported by coaching, mentoring and hard work.