Looking for an assistant headship or deputy headship? Things to do before you apply

Sometimes I get asked for advice by aspiring senior leaders or current senior leaders about job applications for assistant headships or deputy headships. Adverts for jobs start popping up more frequently around this time of year. If you’re an aspiring senior leader, or a senior leader looking for another position within a senior leadership team, here …

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Thinking differently about school leadership

We need to think differently about school leadership.  This post is after reflecting on Tom Rees’ excellent blog post over the weekend. These are my first thoughts; I will blog again about leadership in the next few weeks.  About 10 years or so ago, when I was just about to begin my journey as an assistant …

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Curriculum: A Warning, Part 4: Thou shalt not panic

Like me, you may have noticed a trend on Twitter since the welcome emphasis on curriculum. Lots of school leaders have been talking about curriculum, or what they think is curriculum but, as I’ve said before, what is one person’s curriculum convo is another person’s option block diktat. Words are nuanced and easily misinterpreted. So 'curriculum' …

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The Nation’s Teachers’ Favourite Classical Pieces of the Autumn Term

It's the Autumn term and for every teacher it's a slogathon. Mornings are dark, break times are drizzly and drives home are weary, so it's high time the nation’s teachers’ favourite classical pieces of the Autumn term are shared to cheer us all up a bit, fortissimo style. And a huge hat tip to the …

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