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Did The Fun Boy Three and Bananarama Nail School Improvement?

“It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it and that’s what gets results.”  So goes the 1982 song from the two groups.  Over time, I’ve increasingly understood that the way things are done matters hugely but always thought “It ain’t what you do” was just an unfortunate lead in to the Bananarama Principle of School Improvement (Implementation Matters). Continue reading

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Please Don’t Just Give Teachers Curriculum Documents and Resources

The latest flavour of the month to reduce workload is giving teachers curriculum documents and resources, to save them time and energy.  Produce them centrally; share or sell them to the masses and workload will be significantly reduced.  Another magic bullet has been fired … and will miss the target. Continue reading

Why We Can No Longer Afford the High Cost Low Trust Surveillance Culture

It would be good to think that the toxic culture that currently pervades too many of our schools is coming to an end.  I sense we have a way to go; there are still a lot of different practices that need to be replaced; it’ll take time, courage and wisdom.  The costs in terms of people lost from the profession and the waste of money on things that don’t work or matter can no longer be afforded. Continue reading

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