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#5Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Leading

Last week I blogged Five Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Teaching, inspired by Carl Hendrick.  It led me inevitably to think about five things I wish I had known when I started leading. Continue reading

Checking the Climate in Your School

Vic Goddard often says that school leaders “make the weather”.  You certainly have a massive impact; your sunny disposition or stormy nature can set the tone for the rest of the school.  Over time, for better or worse, the weather dictates the climate within the organisation. Continue reading

As the Cracks Grow Wider

Over the years I’ve done a fair bit of decorating; a tub of polyfilla, bit of sanding and you’re ready to paper over the cracks.  However, when it comes to structural damage and a huge crack up the wall you can’t paper over it and pretend it’s not there.  I sense we are hitting the educational equivalent; the cracks are too big to continue papering over.  Continue reading

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Getting the behaviour of students right, in the class room, is the challenge for every teacher. This simple planner will take you through the main stages required to help you achieve a purposeful learning envionment


Ideas and the thinking behind a professional development to help improve the quality of teaching and learning. Keep the learning tight, the lesson plan loose and focus on the learners

Planning to Get Behaviour Right: Research Plus Experience

The thinking behind the #5MinBehaviourPlan and our whole school approach to managing behaviour.

Education for Wisdom

Why the four knowledge dimensions (covering knowledge and skills) and a moral compass are at the heart of an outstanding education.

When Feedback Met Bloom

A look at the power of Feedback to students using Bloom's four knowledge dimensions

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