Turning green…

Jan 10, 2017

Happy New Year! No I am not proposing a political direction, nor feeling particularly jealous… I have however been thinking about the environment and want to share some of the initiatives we are developing this year. It is quite easy to feel negative about the year just gone – certainly 2016 will go down as […]

Assessment Review?

Assessment Review?

Oct 24, 2016

It has been a few weeks since I last wrote my blog – which have been as busy as ever. I have just finished writing my ‘submission’ for the “House of Commons Education Committee” Primary Assessment Inquiry. This promises to examine the current assessment system. I have been quite outspoken about my views on the subject […]

Start of a new year

Start of a new year

Sep 12, 2016

Its strange – when the children come back I do almost wish them a “Happy New Year!” The misalignment of the calendar and academic years is always a bit confusing. Mix in the April to April nature of the financial year and you have a wonderfully convoluted and inefficient system that seems to typify us […]


Jun 26, 2016

So we have voted to leave the European Union. Its hard not to reflect on this week’s momentous event and whilst this is no place for personal politics, I do feel incredibly sorry that the young people in this country were not asked to vote. Children are perfectly capable of understanding arguments. They can form […]

May 27, 2016

Since my last blog, the government have made a U-turn on the academy’s agenda. Well sort of – they are still committed to all schools becoming academies eventually, they are just not going to “compel” good and outstanding schools to make the change. This is good news for Brighton. We have very few academy schools […]

More changes…

Apr 25, 2016

Managing change is something all school leaders have become experienced in over the past few years. This perhaps is not that unusual – similar changes have been happening in many other sectors and organisations, both public and private. The recent Education White Paper’s aim to convert all schools to academies however is a considerable change […]

Children’s perspectives
More assessment news…

More assessment news…

Feb 22, 2016

I have been writing to various organisations to express my concerns with the new assessment systems. The Standards and Testing Agency initially were sympathetic on the phone, but the follow up emails were stock answers and in places contradictory. I also contacted the British Dyslexia Society to see if they would support the issues raised […]

Writing and equality…

Writing and equality…

Feb 1, 2016

To start this post, consider the following. Is it possible to have capable or even gifted writers who struggle with spelling? Can dyslexic children who find spelling a bit of a mystery be gifted writers despite this? I would argue that in many cases yes (consider Henry Winkler above…). One of the most gifted writers I […]

Let it snow…

Jan 18, 2016

Great excitement in my house this morning as we all woke up to see a blanket of snow covering the roads and gardens of Patcham. My end of the road is slightly higher than the school, so we always get it slightly worse than ‘down in the valley’. Infact the few houses where I live […]

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