Friday, 21 August 2015

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

This summer the weather in the UK has been interesting to say the least but a friend once told me that there is no such thing as bad weather just the wrong clothes!!
I hope friends, colleagues and followers are having a happy holiday, wherever you are!

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

RETHINKING DEMING''S KEY PRINCIPLES!

I have been reading some of William Deming's work. Deming was an American statistician, professor, author, lecturer and consultant. He is perhaps best known for the "Plan-Do-Check-Act" cycle popularly named after him which we know better as 'plan-do-review' and which lies at the heart of the Cutlers' 'Made in Sheffield' approach.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU SMILE, THIS SATURDAY!

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!! 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'.

Friday, 7 August 2015

LEADERSHIP MATTERS!

Over the holidays I have been thinking about what makes a great leader, a great manager, a great headteacher...

Thursday, 6 August 2015

WHAT WOULD YOUR LIFE BE LIKE WITHOUT MUSIC AND THE ARTS!

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

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

THE ARTS MATTER!

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

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

THE SEARCH FOR EXCELLENCE!

It's not just the DfE and OFSTED, we all want children and young people to attend great schools and benefit from being taught in a collaborative, self-improving school system that is underpinned by evidence, research and intelligence about what works and where talented teachers and teams are constantly striving to ensure that all aspects of provision and practice are good and outstanding.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Saturday, 1 August 2015

AND SLOW DOWN... ENJOY THE VIEW!

It's interesting to see that all the evidence suggests that despite all our efforts in the race to do more, have more, eat more, drink more and achieve more...

BE HAPPY THIS SATURDAY!

I am told that happiness is elusive and that most people are simply struggling with the reality of their lives, rushing around too fast to see that there is another way. There is another way...