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What they don’t tell you about headship…Part 2.

The school development plan… To be honest, I don’t remember being involved with it much as a deputy – the objectives were on the staff room wall and we just needed to remember what they were – I know we … Continue reading

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What they don’t tell you about headship…..Part 1.

I’ve been reflecting on my journey as a head lately….thinking back through the last five years that I have been in post at my current school. Before headship I had been a deputy in a larger two form entry school … Continue reading

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What Memories Are You Creating In Your School? Why this is a crucial question….

The other week I gave a presentation for the NAPE AGM based on our school’s involvement in being a part of a Keycolab research project (in association with NAPE).  The research involved assessing the impact that educational visits have upon … Continue reading

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Headship…..not a lonely place…..

Dame Alison Peacock said something at the last #LearningFirst event at Canterbury Christ Church University that struck a chord with me.  She said something along the lines of headship not being a lonely place because of the team that she … Continue reading

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Roll On 2018….

The time has come…..a new year ahead where we stop to think about what we have achieved and what lies in store for us in the months to come. This year feels slightly different to me – I’m not sure … Continue reading

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Ofsted….The Visit….They came and they went….

So, Ofsted finally came.  This is now my fifth year of headship – the last inspection was in November 2012, the year before I started, so we waited a full five years for their return. We knew they were imminent, … Continue reading

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Mrs Barton’s Leaving Words for the Class of 2017

Some say that every cloud has a silver lining.I like to think that every cloud holds an opportunity.Will you be the person sitting safe inside, wrapped in a soft cocoon,Or will you be the one perched on top…Watching, waiting…For that … Continue reading

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