Category Archives: leadership

How do we know if a teacher’s any good?

A half-truth is more dangerous than a lie. Thomas Aquinas Obviously enough, not all teachers are equal. But how do we know which ones are any cop? Well, we just do, don’t we?

Two stars and a bloody wish!

A heap of epithets is poor praise: the praise lies in the facts, and in the way of telling them. Jean de La Bruyère We are held hostage by our superstitious belief

Trust, accountability and why we need them both

I’ve been thinking a lot about trust in recent months – particularly because it seems a commodity in such short supply. If, my optimistic thinking went, teachers were trusted to do a good

A few thoughts about character education

The idea that schools should be educating students’ character has been gathering momentum in recent years. But the once distant drums have become increasingly urgent; politicians and professors, hucksters and headteachers, all

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Your views are out of date, David and don’t work, just expecting pupils to behave.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