Semantically, Caregiving and Caretaking are diametrically opposite, one gives care and one takes it, but in a school setting it’s the object of the care that differs. Caregivers work with children, caretakers work with objects and buildings, or so the theory goes. But the caretakers I’ve come across in my time care deeply about their… Continue reading Take Care of Your Caretakers and They’ll Take Care of You
I used to work with a wonderful Catering Manager. She, like all good CMs was almost entirely self-managing and only ever really needed my input when it came to testing muffins (I’m something of an expert in my field), VAT (I’m hopelessly inadequate but I know a very nice auditor), or when there was a… Continue reading Opportunities to Shine
Waking up this morning to read about the latest atrocity in London, my home city. These days I live elsewhere, but nothing can take London out of your heart. When terrorism strikes you blanch at the horror, you read the news stories, watch the Twitter feeds, you absorb the shock, and then slowly, out of… Continue reading Maybe It’s Because I’m a Londoner
Many years ago I got my first job in a school, I was employed as a performance-data-come-everything else person and it was my first experience of education since I left school myself. It was a tough school in the East End of London, and worlds away from the private convent school I had attended myself.… Continue reading My School Journey – Yakob’s Story
A couple of months ago my daughter was asked to choose her GCSE options. These are important choices to make when you’re only 12 (our school runs a 3 year KS4) and as a parent you have to worry that your child might be opting themselves out of future opportunities rather than making informed… Continue reading Buckets and Jellybeans. Is it time to put the EBacc back on the shelf?
Many years ago, back in the days when the government supported my profession by adequately funding it (I’m not bitter), I was taking the Certificate of School Business Management, or it might have been the Diploma, I forget – the memories are hazy and the vodka in the National College bar was plentiful. Anyway, I… Continue reading The 7 Principles of Not-So-Public Life : the insider secrets of school business management.
I have a son who’s 11. He’s doing his SATS next week. He’s a bright little boy and he’s also autistic, which is his case means he’s got an astounding sense of logic which could give Mr Spock a run for his money, combined with a social detachment which leaves him unable to understand why he… Continue reading When worlds collide. The trichotomy of SATS as a Senior Leader, a parent and a primary governor (with a dash of SEND thrown in for fun)