Meetings, meetings meetings! Not the next Labour education manifesto but a description of last week. I am not the world’s greatest fan of meetings and yet every single one that I went to last week was brilliant. I met with local primary heads and we discussed transition; with secondary English colleagues to look at assessment… Continue reading October Headteacher blog – Ethos enhancing outcomes
I absolutely love August! Yes I’m a teacher. Yes I get long holidays. Yes, I love my job! I tend to spend the last week of July or the first week of the summer break still running around slightly manically with my brain buzzing. I reflect on the year gone by with a bit of… Continue reading September Headteacher blog – Hope for the year ahead
Two weeks of the holiday is almost up and I have read a lot of books. I love reading and will pretty much read anything as long as it isn’t too scary. Reading takes me away from everyday life into different worlds, encourages me to empathise with new characters and generally ensures that I happily… Continue reading August Headteacher blog – To be or not to be
It’s the 1st July-half way through the year but nearing the end of the academic year. Only 3 weeks left and it is probably, for me, the hardest 3 weeks of the year. This isn’t because of the bonkers work load (although bonkers is the appropriate word) it is because it is time to say… Continue reading July Headteacher blog – Relationships Matter
"We all need people who will give us feedback. That's how we improve." Bill Gates I have now been a head teacher for 4 years and 1 term and I still absolutely love it. But then, I also really loved teaching. When I moved out of the classroom into headship I said that I would… Continue reading June Headteacher Blog – Feedback is a gift
We worked out the other day that since becoming a head teacher 4 years ago I have been involved in recruiting and employing 66 members of staff! This isn’t because we have a huge turnover of staff-in fact our longest serving teacher has now been with us for 26 years but because we are expanding.… Continue reading May Headteacher blog – Recruitment = Getting the right people on the right seats on the bus at the right time.
Firstly, I love my job. If I was 18 again and looking for a career-I would still be a teacher. I taught for about 20 years in various different schools, in Australia and the UK and in every age group. I have always really loved my job. I know that it’s a bit of a… Continue reading April Headteacher blog – Slightly weird Easter holiday
Over the last year our School Business Leader (SBL) and I have been daring (and double daring) each other to write a blog and last weekend she succeeded. Being ultra-competitive it meant I had to write one too. I honestly hadn’t realised how long I had been putting it off, but dishwasher stacked, house tidied,… Continue reading March Headteacher blog – Double dare accepted!