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Education by Numbers

The best piece of art I managed to produce was part of a painting by number kit; my mum and dad bought it for me one Christmas.  The idea was simple; a line drawing where each part had a number, corresponding to a paint colour, you completed bit by bit.  It was mechanistic and whilst leading to a reasonable outcome it wasn’t a masterpiece.  Continue reading


When You’re Up Against It as a Leader #GE2017

It was a long night; more so for some politicians and party leaders than me. Weak and wobbly leadership now needs steady as you go, don’t rock the boat leadership. Taking big political gambles is probably off the cards; so, what next for education and schools? Continue reading

Is It Just Me Or Is It Madness? #SaturdayThunk

Spiralling into the depths of despair is all too easy when daylight is in short supply, the weather is wet, temperatures are freezing and your energy levels are plummeting at the same time as your workload is rising.  It’s that time of the year when tempers get increasingly frayed as the season of peace, hope and joy draws close; people end up feeling ill and permanent exclusions hit a peak. Continue reading

New Book: Liminal Leadership

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It won't get your marking done in five minutes but will help your structure your marking so you and the students get the most out of it.


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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