Bursting Bubbles

I will be delighted never to hear the word ‘bubble’ again. Its ubiquitous use in education will be forever associated with hordes of bemused children disappearing back home, or battle-weary parents faced with yet more shifting of plans. As for staff, I’m not sure they can face any more of the increasingly futile attempts to… Read More Bursting Bubbles


You’ve got so much choice! Whether a parent, a pupil or a teacher, we’re continually told that choice is good, and that a deregulated system allows us greater choice. More competition, more choice, a rising tide lifts all boats etc etc. But, what if your choices lead to perverse incentives? What if the choices available… Read More SATS and SEND

Radical Change

‘To grow is to change, and to change often is to become more perfect.’ (Cardinal John Henry Newman) Since the pupils have all returned on 8th March, to be brutally honest, I’ve been pretty overwhelmed by the task ahead. To be in education during the 2020s means facing challenges both immediate and intense, but also… Read More Radical Change

Lockdown 3.0: The Joy of Communication

2. The Joy of Communication The two core threads of the week were free school meals and autism. The first became national news by the middle of the week, the second is barely mentioned. Do people realise special schools are fully open? Both the ‘school-that-didn’t-really-close’, and the remote learning ‘school’ settle down on Monday. We… Read More Lockdown 3.0: The Joy of Communication