## This much I know about…why job satisfaction matters

I have been a teacher for 29 years, a Headteacher for 14 years and, at the age of 53, this much I know about why job satisfaction matters. We had a visit from the DfE this week. They wanted to…

I have been a teacher for 29 years, a Headteacher for 14 years and, at the age of 53, this much I know about why job satisfaction matters. We had a visit from the DfE this week. They wanted to…

I have been a teacher for 29 years, a Headteacher for 14 years and, at the age of 53, this much I know about why, more surely than ever, I think it is essential for school leaders to teach. What…

I have been a teacher for 29 years, a Headteacher for 14 years and, at the age of 53, this much I know about the folly of valuing effort over outcomes. What do we value most in teachers, effort or…

I have been a teacher for 28 years, a Headteacher for 13 years and, at the age of 52, this much I know about a brilliant, evidence-informed note-taking technique (and our new Research School…)! The greatest test of a school is…

I have been a teacher for 28 years, a Headteacher for 13 years and, at the age of 52, this much I know about the Grammar School debate. Even Toby Young admits that Grammar Schools do nothing to help social mobility.…

I have been a teacher for 27 years, a Headteacher for 12 years and, at the age of 51, this much I know about Jo Cox’s murder and the worth of public service. At 5.10 pm last Thursday I was…

I have been a teacher for 27 years, a Headteacher for 12 years and, at the age of 51, this much I know about whether “No Excuses” discipline works. Against the motion, “No excuses” discipline works I would like to…

I have been a teacher for 27 years, a Headteacher for 12 years and, at the age of 51, this much I know about inspiring Year 11 to tackle the revision mountain. It’s all over for Year 11, especially the…

I have been a teacher for 27 years, a Headteacher for 12 years and, at the age of 51, this much I know about how one Huntington School parent feels about academisation. I received this letter the day after the…

I have been a teacher for 27 years, a Headteacher for 12 years and, at the age of 51, this much I know about my first response to the White Paper. At the end of the day, when it comes…

I have been a teacher for 27 years, a Headteacher for 12 years and, at the age of 51, this much I know about what Ernest Hemingway would say about assessing KS2 writing. Ernest Hemingway broke all the rules of…

I have been a teacher for 27 years, a Headteacher for 12 years and, at the age of 51, this much I know about loneliness on this Mother’s Day. But little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far…

I have been a teacher for 27 years, a Headteacher for 12 years and, at the age of 51, this much I know about how stopping Year 11 interventions will help protect our mental health and improve our well-being. Stop the interventions. We had…

I have been a teacher for 27 years, a Headteacher for 12 years and, at the age of 51, this much I know about who is speaking at researchED, York this summer. Saturday 9 July 2016 It’s approaching three…

I have been a teacher for 27 years, a Headteacher for 12 years and, 31 years since his passing, this much I know about my dad’s essential self. Judging by the parched ground, this photograph of my dad was taken…

I have been a teacher for 27 years, a Headteacher for 12 years and, at the age of 51, this much I know about doing maths GCSE questions. This begins a short series of activities about teaching students how to develop…

I have been a teacher for 27 years, a Headteacher for 12 years and, at the age of 51, this much I know about my missed opportunity with David Beckham. Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones…

I grew up in West Sussex, I have been a teacher for 27 years, a Headteacher in the North for 12 years and, at the age of 51, this much I know about the North/South divide. It’s about the quality of teaching,…

I have been a teacher for 27 years, a Headteacher for 12 years and, at the age of 51, this much I know about how Appraisal can help improve the quality of teaching in schools!? The belief that there are…

I have been a teacher for 27 years, a Headteacher for 12 years and, at the age of 51, this much I know about coping with the university drop-off. We’ve just got back from dropping Joe off at university. At…