Please don’t ask me; I’ve no ideas where the years have gone. Nearly thirty two years ago I walked into Notre Dame School, Blackburn as a probationary teacher and the intervening years are now all a bit of a blur. In a “this much I know” reflective moment; I’ve worked too hard, on too many of the wrong things, for too long throughout my career.
Building an evidence informed school is a process not an event. If you commit; you’ll need to commit for many years to plan and implement a strategy and many more to embed and make it an inevitable part of the culture. Part of everyone’s leadership and classroom practice. Continue reading
Statistically, working in a school with a large number of disadvantaged pupils of white ethnic origin isn’t likely to lead to many accolades or much acknowledgement. Blackpool is one such town; fortunately there is no all boys’ school; the hardest of the hard school improvement miles is raising attainment and showing good progress for white disadvantaged boys. Continue reading