Author Archives: rosmcm1962

About rosmcm1962

30 years in teaching. Experienced Headteacher, Principal, Executive Principal, CEO of Academy Trust and NLE. Now working independently in the sector.

What I have learned about the recruitment crisis

If you believe, as I do, that there is no better job than that of being a teacher then we should have all been surprised, horrified and baffled when listening to the news this morning that there is a crisis … Continue reading

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What I am learning about the emerging system

There are three good things about motorway journeys: the latte stops, the political podcasts you have time to listen to and, above all, the time to think.  The blog that caused me the most thinking was one from my friend … Continue reading

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What I have learned to advise NQTs about behaviour

It is that time in term for the NQTs: half-term seems a long way away (it isn’t but it feels like it) and the honeymoon is over.  Sorting through my files last week I came across notes I made following … Continue reading

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What I have learned about grammar schools and selection

I was in Italy this summer when Twitter seemed to go bonkers about the reintroduction of grammar schools.  I did consider adding my thoughts then, but the sun was shining and the wine was good and I didn’t want to spoil … Continue reading

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What I have learned which may help the new Secretary of State

I have seen a number of ‘open letters’ and advice to the new SoS and it lead me to thinking – what would my approach be? 1. Take the heat out of it There is an enormous amount of ‘heat’ … Continue reading

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What I’ve learned about timetabling

It is a long time since I wrote about something very practical, but this summer I’ve been looking back at my timetabling days. I wrote my first timetable in 1995.  I had joined the school as the ‘timetabling deputy’ at Easter.  My … Continue reading

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What I’ve learned about our behaviour

Many years ago someone who was on the periphery of my circle of friends was in distress, behaved badly and ended up in gaol for a short period. He wasn’t a close friend and along with many others I made … Continue reading

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