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Time for an Assessment Inquiry

The last few weeks has seen the production of the Headteachers Roundtable submission to the Education Select Committee Inquiry on Primary Assessment.  It’s timely and hopefully will shed a light on a number of key issues.  I’m indebted to Sally Hamson and Binks Neate-Evans who co-authored the submission with me. Continue reading


Herding Cats and Humane Accountability #HTRT2016

Sometimes a word or phrase just sticks; it encapsulates an idea or puts into words what you feel and are trying to say.  The phrase “Humane Accountability” did it for me; it articulates how I feel and what I want to say.  I think it might have been Laura McInerney or possibly Dr Becky Allen who suggested it; at the time I was trying to herd the cool cats who make up HeadsRoundtable.  Read for this “chair the meeting”. Continue reading

Shelter from the Storm or Dance in the Rain #HTRT2016

Jobs have a bit of a habit of finding me.  The opportunity to Chair the @HeadsRoundtable Group was one that proved a bit too irresistible.  This powerful group of head teachers was established as a non-party political think tank to influence national education policy so that it centres upon what is best for the learning of all children. Continue reading

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