The Oval, 10th September 2018. Talked of as the most emotional, extraordinary day of cricket in England’s history. Cook’s century in his last match for his country. Anderson drawing in on his record tally of wickets for a fast bowler. Root’s hundred. India 2 for 3. A warm, sunny September day. Well, it lasted 6… Read More The Richie Barnes Memorial Cricket Match
Wow. I’ve just finished reading Darren McGarvey’s tour de force, ‘Poverty Safari’ and am still slightly dazed and invigorated. It is an astonishing book – one I wish I could have had the skill, talent and passion to have written. If you haven’t heard about this book, it is an exploration of the anger felt… Read More A Sure Start for Children’s Centres
Africa is huge. We all know that. That is has huge challenges ahead of it is also common knowledge. Xan Smiley, writing in the Spectator last week, highlights brilliantly the failure of British policy over many years which have inadvertently led to the propping up of dictatorships, the incoherent distribution of aid, or the lack… Read More Africa: Small is Beautiful?
Blimey, what has happened? What has happened to the school system in the last few years? And where and how do I fit in? Throughout the entire period of my time as a deputy headteacher or headteacher, I’ve been caught up in the inexorable rise of market technocracy in schools – remarkably, (as I don’t… Read More Primary Schools in 2018: Where next?
The six-month break had done Derek a whole lotta good. He had a new perspective on life, was less defeatist, more combative. In short, Derek was ready for another shot at a career in education. The question was what, and where? Over his Coco-Pops one morning, he scrolled through the TES pages on his cracked… Read More The Headmaster’s New Funding Announcement.
My Mum turned 80 a few days ago and, in celebration, our family descended on a small Catalan village in France. It was great. More about it in a moment. First, a brief word on the Catalan reference. This is relevant to what I want to say about ‘belonging’. I’ve written in a previous blog… Read More The Joy of Belonging
Imagine. That our noble cabinet were the staff at a fictional school, The Brexit Academy? And you, an experienced school inspector, landed in the school for a two-day inspection. What would you find? Well, here are the inspector’s bullet points after the first day. Context – the school appears still to be suffering from commitments… Read More The Brexit Academy