So we’ve well and truly hit it, Autumn, the season of gloom. The time where the novelty of the new academic year has well and truly worn off, when your shiny new stationery is already looking a bit limp and lacklustre, and you new diary is empty. Not because you’ve nothing going on, heavens forbid,… Continue reading Winter Drawers On
But wellbeing, to me that’s about being able to do those difficult things without guilt or recrimination, without becoming a bad guy in the eyes of our colleagues. About going home at the end of a difficult day feeling supported, valued and thanked for having done those difficult things.
I immediately knew I was going to get on with my HR Adviser when she picked a sparkly light-up yellow daisy pen to make notes with.
You know those moments in long meetings where you’re trying to listen, really hard, but you had the sponge and custard at lunch time and the carbs have kicked in, so you position yourself in the “carefully considering” pose, head pointed at the whiteboard, pen in hand, nodding every now and then, but actually your… Continue reading The Fellowship of the SLT Ring
Being a School Business Leader is a funny old game. It’s not something that many people aspire to, it’s more a profession you fall into by accident, and I think it’s probably the diverse nature of the role that attracts people who have been on a less than straight career trajectory. We’re not Accountants, we’re not… Continue reading The What, Why and How of School Business Leadership.
Every school has a map, and it will have all the school’s big important places on it. Like the Hall and the Library, the Head’s office and the staffroom, all those places that take up space proportionate to their own sense of self importance. If yoiu were to characterise these spaces, the library would most… Continue reading The IT Crowd
Much has been said about the need for primary schools to consider academisation as a means to collaborate and seek financial efficiencies – I’ve written articles about it myself, I’ve worked for a MAT and supported primaries, and when it’s done on a mutually beneficial way, it can be an excellent way to collaborate –… Continue reading Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
I was a bit taken aback to hear that the previous incumbent had been asked to come in and check over my work “from a teacher’s perspective”
My son starts secondary school this term. He’s got his new bag, his uniform, his PE kit, he’s got a new pencil case, his lunch money and he’s got his autism
If picking up a purple, sparkly pen encourages a child to write a short story about a purple, sparkly dragon, is that not a marvellous thing?