Wednesday, 30 September 2015
I attended the last of our three Engineering Induction Sessions yesterday at the Advanced Manufacturing Centre's Training Centre in Sheffield for the Cutlers' Ambassadors from Firth Park Academy and Outwood Academy City.
Thursday, 24 September 2015
Earlier this week, I attended the Induction Sessions at the Advanced Manufacturing Centre's Training Centre in Sheffield for the Cutlers' Engineering Ambassadors from Bradfield School, Handsworth Grange Sports College, Stocksbridge High School and Westfield School.
Monday, 21 September 2015
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.
Visiting schools in Sheffield over the last week has reminded me if I had ever forgotten that 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.
Friday, 18 September 2015
In 'Winners; and how they succeed' Alastair Campbell sets out the things he knows about winning. As Tony Blair's spokesman and strategist Campbell helped guide the Labour Party to victory in three successive general elections, and he's worked with an astonishing range of talented people - from elite athletes to top managers, from rulers of countries to rulers of global business empires.
Thursday, 17 September 2015
Sunday, 13 September 2015
Friday, 11 September 2015
The scary thing isn’t what we have achieved, but our potential to achieve so much more if only we can release the magic and switch on those people who are currently switched off. Switched off by a lack of interest, a lack of motivation, a lack of enthusiasm, a lack of energy and drive.
Thursday, 10 September 2015
I was over in Sheffield again yesterday with colleagues from the schools working on the engineering/advanced manufacturing strand of the Cutlers’ “Made in Sheffield’ Programme. These schools are Bradfield School, Firth Park Academy, Handsworth Grange Community Sports College, Stocksbridge High School, Westfield School and Outwood Academy City.
Monday, 7 September 2015
Back to school and back to interesting times! But don't despair because what I have learned over the last forty years and through working with extraordinary colleagues and extraordinary schools in Leicestershire, Merton, Wolverhampton, 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!
Friday, 4 September 2015
We are moving from the old hierarchical, command and control school improvement structure rooted in the local authority which I lived with for about twenty years, into an emerging, chaotic and fragmented, landscape of academies, trusts, chains, federations and partnerships.
Thursday, 3 September 2015
"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."
Wednesday, 2 September 2015
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
It's funny how quickly we have got to the beginning of yet another academic year and another year where we need to focus on collaboration, teamwork, leadership, teaching, data, outcomes and progress. We need to ask ourselves, what is our vision for our children and young people and how do we continue to build brilliant learning, in brilliant learning places to serve brilliant learning communities? What does the perfect school system look like and what would be it's defining features?