I know I haven’t been on here for a couple of months and to be honest I am not sure why not. Actually I am. It has been a crazy (unprecedented!) couple of months with a great deal going on in the world of education. Every day there seems to be a new outrage about … Continue reading Fancy a daydream? →
My dad died a year ago today. He wasn’t the best dad in the world. He suffered for most of his life from depression, and like most men of his generation he did nothing to talk about it or to deal with it. He kept it locked up, ignored it, and eventually I believe it … Continue reading Tolerate? Not Good Enough →
Every time we had students in the school the initial format was the same. I would meet them, give them a tour of the school, tell them about the safeguarding procedures, ask if they were in a union, introduce them to their class teacher, and then leave them to get on. At morning playtime I … Continue reading Do you speak child? →
I thought I was doing well. I thought about reducing my medication. It’s almost a year since I eventually succumbed to what everyone else could see and started to address my stress and anxiety. It’s almost five months since I could call myself a headteacher. I thought I was doing well. I had stopped looking … Continue reading Letting go and doing well? →
I am mad. In fact I am beyond mad. I just cannot believe that Dr Taylor has been on the receiving end of such an abhorrent amount of abuse for writing a book. It is entitled “Why women are blamed for everything” and it seems to have caused some “people” to react in a way … Continue reading In praise of Dr Jessica Taylor →
I have been overwhelmed by the response I have had to my last post. The amount of positive feedback and support has been amazing. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to contact me or send me messages of support. It is humbling to see that so many people can relate to my … Continue reading The importance of pastoral care. →
If you have read my other posts you will know a little about who I am and where I used to work. Due to an amazing day on Twitter when my followers went from 96 to over 1200 I have been asked about why I have named the Twitter page and this blog the Crap … Continue reading Why the Crap Headteacher? →
I know that currently teacher training is on hold. There are no lectures taking place on theories of learning, different curriculum models, behaviour management techniques or safeguarding. All of these things are of prime importance, however there is a skill that does not seem to be taught in universities. The art of keeping a straight … Continue reading TMI??? →
As I sit down to write this the number of people who have died as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak has risen to 7248. Each day this number is rising and will continue to rise. Every day families suffer losses, and what is worse, they may not have been able to say goodbye. There … Continue reading Some thoughts on dealing with loss. →
As I said I was the headteacher of a larger than average primary school in the North East of England. I have to say now that it was a faith school, (Roman Catholic to be precise.) I don’t want to get into a debate about whether we should have faith schools but perhaps the following … Continue reading I’m not prejudiced…… →
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