There’s a danger in using schools to change society. It’s tempting: children are the future, after all. But it is also risky to prepare young people for the society we wish existed rather than the one they will actually find themselves in.
Popularity in leadership is a contradiction. We rightly prize the leader who does not court popularity, who makes difficult decisions and does what is right. At the same time, in free societies, people only really lead by consent and, without a certain level of confidence and respect, leaders cannot do their jobs.
The system or the student? This blog is written with the benefit of hindsight and the luxury of not being accountable. I don’t pretend to have warned this would happen or have any easy answers. The problem this year was that we tried to act as if exams were being sat when they weren’t. A […]
The dictionary says wellbeing is the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy. As hinted at with the use of the word “comfortable”, the happiness is usually taken as sustained contentment.
The reality of digital intervention in education has often fallen short of the claims. Yet I’ve been impressed with some brilliant uses of technology during the lockdown. Oak National Academy, for example, and the generosity of trusts like Greenshaw and schools like Parklands. Our own experience of delivering a fully virtual Summer Institute to 1699 […]
This is a blog for the Education Leadership Collective. “If, say, one hundred headteachers in a town or city wanted to stand up for something reasonable, I don’t think anything could stop them. The power of collective action is clear. I don’t need to belabour that. Yet this level of unity is rare…” Unstoppable Forces […]
We hear a lot about competition and rivalry in education, about heated debate and disagreement. Beneath all that, education is basically full of outstanding people trying to do the right thing with the limited resources that they have available. I know Teach First can be a bit marmite. And we often plough our furrow in […]
It is amazing how seemingly intractable conflicts disappear with the right timeframe. If only you can play a long enough game, you can almost have it all. If we could build longer term thinking into our organisations we would see a sustained improvement in performance and welfare.
Another black man was killed by police in the US. His name is George Floyd. The protection and security that I take for granted too often operate against black people. This is not confined to the US. It’s hard to truly hear people when your position and experience is different from their own; from a […]
There are many ways to attract attention. Most of them require talent. You create something of use, insight or beauty and people come to look. If you lack talent, you can buy attention. If you lack talent and money, one surefire tactic for attention is to cause offence. Offence is perversely attractive. It has parallels […]