Too Risky??

I have just read an interesting post by Tara Cain ‘Wringing Every Last Drop Out of School. In it she describes her frustration at the restrictions that now abound the primary school and the playground specifically. She mentions how the list of banned things is growing ever longer with such things as football swap cards, hand stands & cartwheels.She (& […]

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School crossings – a cut too far?

A news item this morning brought more worrying news for some schools. Apparently, some councils are considering getting rid of school crossing patrols or lollypop men and women to you and me,  in a bid to save some money. Having been the head of a school that needed four such bodies, I was rather concerned.  ‘The Lollypop’ has for decades […]

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School-based teacher training – yes?

As the debate about the White Paper moves into the frenetic stage, I was pondering about the training teachers in school bit. Now, this post is not about the rights and wrongs of such a policy. That is for the many other commentators out there. No, I wanted to think about what the implications may be. What training would be […]

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Lessons disrupted – again!

Yet again disruptive behaviour seems to have reared its ugly head! An experienced speaker, positive, upbeat person and ex deputy head Sue Atkins was really distressed that even her normal ‘I can get them to listen’ approach failed today when she was speaking to a group of youngsters about how to beat bullying. She came away questioning whether society is […]

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Governor's Corner #3

This space is about and for school governors, one of the most underrated sections of leadership in our schools today. It is here for you to share so please leave a comment with your views and any topics you might like to explore! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The SEF is gone – glad or sad? In recent weeks there has been an audible […]

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Which one?

A very interesting post has been written by Kate over a the Five F’s blog about choosing schools. There is a lot of media interest in this subject at the moment. Many of you may have seen the recent  BBC series ‘The Big School Lottery’ which followed 6 children as they madethier  choices and finally went to secondary school. Kate’s […]

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Tales from the Head's office

Having retired as a primary head teacher & following the suggestion of my dear friend Paula I have decided to write an occasional series about the highs & lows of my headship career. It spanned 13 years & included 3 schools. I hope you enjoy my tales! *************************************** Overture & Beginners please! This first post starts at the beginning of a […]

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