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’m learning 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’ve learned about education policy and what I’m learning about what is now needed

We all want every child to go to a good school.  We all want every child to reach their full potential.  And we all know that this is not currently happening.  During the time I have been leading schools (in … Continue reading

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What I have learned about school improvement

It is not the same thing as a dramatic improvement in results. It is possible to effect a dramatic improvement in a school’s results and our accountability system puts demands on our most vulnerable schools to do this.  OFSTED inspections … Continue reading

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What I’m learning about workload and looking at things differently

  At the @HeadsRoundtable summit earlier this year I attended a great workshop where Professor Bekky Allen outlined the problem so clearly: it is us who have allowed this to happen – we have been the agents through which this awful … Continue reading

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What I have learned about supporting headteachers

When I was first a head, back in 2000, I had taken on a particularly challenging school and had a ‘consultancy team’ of 3 experienced heads working with me.  They worked in the background coaching and advising me and, crucially, … Continue reading

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What I’m learning about why we fall out

I am increasingly concerned that lots of people whom I respect greatly in our “Edu-Twitter sphere” seem to be forced into opposite corners.  I read lots of articles, blogs and pieces of research – many of which appear to contradict … Continue reading

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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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