I have certainly had a lot of lollipop moments over the last 6 years and in the 20ish years before that too. Teaching is tough. Headship is tough. I’m sure my next role will be tough too. But it’s worth it for the difference that we all make to people’s lives, every single day, often without even knowing it.
Photo by Waldemar Brandt on Pexels.com The first day I watched my children learn to windsurf I was mesmerised by the simplicity of the learning process. They went from zero knowledge to ‘not that bad’ really quickly. They both left enthused and raring to go again the next day.As the next blue skied day (well… Continue reading Thoughts from the Aegean – Part Two
A summer blog from @StAnnesWSM reflecting on learning #keepitsimple #lovetolearn
On the 2nd June I shall be walking 30 miles along the West Mendip way. This is about the 5th time I have done this and the event, organised by Weston Hospicecare, has 10, 20 and 30 mile options. This year over 100 people from across our Trust are taking part at whichever distance they… Continue reading Notes from a hospital waiting room
At the end of a day of interviewing last Friday I asked one of our candidates a fairly standard interview penultimate question. “We have asked you lots of questions this afternoon, is there anything you would like to ask us?” He opened his notepad and had a list. I liked that. Interviewing is as much… Continue reading Ask why?
This time last year we were working incredibly hard on the joyful work involved with academy conversion as we were preparing to join The Priory Learning Trust on 1st April 2018. One year on, 1st March, I have started to reflect on the journey we have been on. It has been a busy year, some… Continue reading I wish I looked good in a cardigan…
Luckily, this blog is not about running because although I love to run - speed is certainly not my forte. This is not about running but about change. Each person’s approach to change is very different. Some people hate change (I can hear my mother’s voice saying ‘hate is a very strong word!) others seem… Continue reading February Headteacher blog – Mr Potato Head
Having not touched my computer since school finished on the 21st December I have literally just realised that I challenged myself to write a monthly blog. It is the 1st January tomorrow. Knowing myself (and the friends I am about to spend the evening ahead with) as I do, I feel that I may not… Continue reading January Headteacher blog – #oneword2019
Over the 25+ years that I have been teaching I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have been part of a great deal of training, working parties, courses etc. on curriculum re-design. I am passionate about our curriculum because as Mick Waters once said it really is “Everything you say and everything you do” With the… Continue reading December Headteacher blog – Everything we say and everything we do…
This is not a political blog. I could write about underfunding in the education system and the significant problems that many schools are facing but this isn’t it. This is about the little extras that many, many schools do to make a difference to children and families every single day that have no cost. Our… Continue reading November Headteacher blog – Little extras