Monday, 20 October 2014

TRUST, AUTONOMY AND ACCOUNTABILITY... PASS IT ON!

Education is a passionate enterprise built on the interaction between human beings: teachers, students and parents.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

CHAMPION, CHALLENGE, NETWORK AND ENCOURAGE... PASS IT ON!

Interesting times! But don't despair because what I have learned over the last twenty years and through working with extraordinary colleagues and extraordinary schools in North Yorkshire, York, Leeds, Nottingham, Sheffield and Lincoln provides us with a framework for delivering brilliant schools and brilliant outcomes for every child and young person and every community!

WE NEED TO DETOXYIFY SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY... PASS IT ON!

It is increasingly obvious that the current OFSTED inspection approach is toxic and not fit for purpose. My visits to schools in York, Leeds and Sheffield have shown me that we have created a monster that has a corrosive and destructive affect on schools and distorts how local authorities work and support their schools. I have argued for a long time that we need learning leadership, beautiful systems and intelligent accountability and, in this DEMOS report, James Park argues that the current model of accountability is profoundly toe, which would allow all children to achieve their potential, while ensuring the quality of education in schools is of a high standard.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

DON'T JUST CRITICISE, SUPPORT AS WELL... PASS IT ON!

I spent many years of my professional life working in York and Leeds to try to ensure that every school in those two wonderful cities was a great school, every classroom was a great classroom and every teacher was a great teacher, often sadly against a background of negativity, criticism and indifference. 















Saturday, 11 October 2014

22 REASONS TO SMILE THIS SATURDAY... PASS IT ON!

Those 'goalpost shifting badgers' are only the start of it, according to Carol Ann Duffy in her wonderful poem '22 Reasons for the Bedroom Tax'. All nature is in uproar, what with rule-bending ferrets, the fact-twisting skunks and the gun-jumping foxes. It all adds up, to an explanation which makes as much sense as anything else in education or politics!!

Because the Badgers are moving the goalposts.

Friday, 10 October 2014

INTELLIGENT ACCOUNTABILITY MATTERS... PASS IT ON!

What is it that is driving this uncompromising and relentlessly critical approach to standards, behaviour and provision by DfE  and OFSTED?

Thursday, 9 October 2014

A VISION FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING... PASS IT ON!

It's funny how quickly we have got into another academic year and an important one with an election looming. Another year where we face an onslaught from our friends at OFSTED who are visiting our 'satisfactory schools' and ratcheting up the bar and rightly focusing on leadership, teaching, data, outcomes and progress. But having experienced the damage and chaos OFSTED also brings at times like this I often ask myself why do we do this and what are we trying to achieve together and I am constantly reminded that we should...
"Devote yourself to loving others,
devote yourself to your community around you,
and devote yourself to creating something 
that gives you purpose and meaning."
Morrie Schwarz

OTHER THINGS MATTER AS WELL... PASS IT ON!


Thursday, 2 October 2014

SKILLS MATTER AS WELL... PASS IT ON!

We need to persuade the powers that be that the future is only going to be secured if we develop a 21st Century Learning Framework to drive our learning landscape. A framework built on 21st Century skills as well as subjects.