Category Archives: leadership

The best case fallacy or, why we balls things up

OPTIMIST, n. A proponent of the doctrine that black is white. A pessimist applied to God for relief. “Ah, you wish me to restore your hope and cheerfulness,” said God. “No,” replied

What to do about workload?

Work is not a curse, but drudgery is! Henry Ward Beecher To much fanfare in the press, the DfE has released the findings of its Workload Challenge survey. The idea is straightforward:

The problem with lesson planning

Time brings all things to pass. Aeschylus Because the curriculum is divided up into units – terms and lessons – our thinking about how to teach is constrained. The school year is sectioned

Undermining teachers is easy

Your views are out of date, David and don’t work, just expecting pupils to behave. Paul Garvey, Education consultant & Additional Inspector There are two schools in every school: the school of

What’s it like being a new teacher?

A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching. G. K. Chesterton I’ve been very fortunate to spend time with a variety of new teachers recently. Whether

Do we really have a growth mindset?

The ladder of life is full of splinters, but they always prick the hardest when we’re sliding down. Samuel Clemens I spoke at a Growth Mindset conference with Olympian and sports journalist

Why ‘triple marking’ is wrong (and not my fault)

You can’t blame celebrity edubloggers for teachers’ unreasonable workloads – Albert Einstein In his indefatigable efforts to get schools and teachers to recognise that much of what is done in the name of

What I’ve learned about trust from arguing about driving

Those who trust us educate us. – George Eliot Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a

What if we started trusting teachers?

Who would not rather trust and be deceived? – Eliza Cook The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him. – Henry Lewis Stimson I’ve been out of the classroom for

Teacher appraisal and the fundamental attribution error

As favour and riches forsake a man, we discover in him the foolishness they concealed, and which no one perceived before. Jean de La Bruyère You know that lad in Year 9

The surplus model of school improvement

As teachers we are sometimes guilty of assuming that all would be well if only children behaved better and worked harder. This is basically sound; everything would be better is kids did what

Back to school Part 1: Routines

This series of #backtoschool blogs summarises much of my thinking as it’s developed over the past few years and is aimed at new or recently qualified teachers. Each area has been distilled to 5 ‘top

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