My School Journey – Yakob’s Story

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

Buckets and Jellybeans. Is it time to put the EBacc back on the shelf?

  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?

General Election – a School Business Manager’s To-Do list

Tear up the 3 year budget plan. The concept of forward planning has been a little, ahem, challenging in recent years and, on the whole, Governing Bodies have taken our 3-5 year financial planning with a relatively large pinch of salt. I’ve spent hours trying to manipulate staffing spreadsheets to bear a passing resemblance to what I instinctively… Continue reading General Election – a School Business Manager’s To-Do list