Who remembers reading the Roger Red Hat or Billy Blue Hat books? With my rose tinted glasses they were great stories during my infant school years. Maybe these days the stories need to be about Wesley White Hat and Brian Black Hat – Hackers or Cyber Attackers gaining access to our computer systems? Wesley White… Continue reading Billy Blue Hat, Roger Red Hat – Cyber Security 1
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…
Like most SBLs I’m sure, the start of the 2018-19 academic year has been incredibly busy and productive, no time for anything other than the growing list of things to do. I knew this was likely to be the case when back in May I committed to two days of CPD at the ISBL Projecting… Continue reading A quick reflection on projecting
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
For my weekend recreational pleasure this last term, I’ve mostly been visiting University Open Days with my eldest son. Certainly, an interesting and informative process for me; combined with a mixture of what on earth have I done with the last 20 plus years and borderline jealousy that he is at the start of his… Continue reading Fail to plan, plan to fail
Next month will be the one year anniversary of the relabelling of NASBM to ISBL; it didn’t take long for the new label to stick and in that year the Institute has gone from strength to strength. Is this as a result of the new label-who knows? How important is a label? Yesterday I took… Continue reading Labels, which ones do you wear?
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
Judy Murray tweeted recently “If you don’t like something, move. You’re not a tree.” I really like this, it fits in nicely with our SBL mantra #BeTheChange. Judy’s comment was linked to a tweet about being unhappy with your place of work, but I think it can also apply to our daily routines. If you don’t like them,… Continue reading Creatures of habit
Recently @WorkingSBM in her blog “Detained without Charge” talked about updating her job description in Term 7. As with many blogs this caused positive ripples and discussions on twitter. In private messaging @WorkingSBM and I agreed to encourage the Great Summer 2018 SBL job description review by collating job descriptions, anonymising them and sharing them… Continue reading So what?
*sing it to the tune of Record Breakers (The Roy Castle years obvs!) Delegation, Delegation, Delegation. That’s what you need. If you wanna achieve the best Empower the rest oo-ooh Delegations what you need. (Trumpet solo) Delegations what you need. If you wanna be a healthy Business Manager, oooooooh! Through conversations with SBMs, it’s very… Continue reading Ooh delegation that’s what you need*