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We Need Better Readers; So What Next?

If all your students read at the same standard as your very best readers in the year group would you transform the progress, attainment and life chances of your young people?  I tend to say “yes” to this; so what must we do to achieve it?

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Breaking the Underachievement Cycle #Thursday Thunk

Most of my week has been spent in departmental self-evaluation meetings; most of the month in meetings, with various people, discussing the summer’s results and how we intend to move forward.  Our Progress 8 is down this year; think it will bounce back next; so over three years it will be pretty much spot on zero.

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How To Transform a School for Good

Alex Hill, Liz Mellon, Ben Laker & Jules Goddard have followed up their work on different types of school leaders – architects and surgeons – with more insights into the work of these transformational headteachers.  A copy of their briefing paper is here (Secrets of the Architect Leader); these are my reflections on it. Continue reading

New Book: Liminal Leadership

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