Reflections on Leadership (without mentioning Dominic Cummings…well not much anyway)

Whilst acknowledging all the criticisms of Dominic Cummings in regard to his recent behaviour, I’d prefer to reflect on his time at the Department for Education from 2011 – 2014 and use it as a trigger for a reflection on leadership. In this period, he and his boss Michael Gove ripped through the department, triggering… Read More Reflections on Leadership (without mentioning Dominic Cummings…well not much anyway)


I want to talk about Foday*. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a pupil like him. Not that I’m doing anything myself for his care- that’s down to several members of staff who are working magic, and I do not exaggerate. Foday requires two adults at all times. We’re used to 1:1 arrangements in… Read More Vulnerable

Misleaguing Tables

International comparisons are ‘bedevilled with difficulties’ (Boris Johnson, 30/04/20) Throughout this…wait for it…unprecedented crisis, scientists and politicians are fond of following the facts and deifying the data. Decisions are taken less from a political or ideological point of view, but in an emotionless state of being, coldly analysing the impact on deaths and, for those… Read More Misleaguing Tables


A long time ago, I was friends with a girl who was very clever. Destiny Oxbridge, IQ off the scale, you get my drift. Thing is, she used to get teased by some of us for her lack of common sense and inability to pick up on things that required more lateral thinking. She comes… Read More Ignorance

Open All Hours

‘Oi, Williamson, NAOH! I respect your journey from Chief Whip to Education Secretary, but…’ Like Frank Doberman, the grotesquely funny creation of Harry Enfield, there is always a danger in offering pub-discussion solutions to complicated matters, but what the hell, here we go. Here are my thoughts on a post-Covid19 full school opening for primary… Read More Open All Hours

Culture Wars

In today’s society, to call someone a ‘Philistine’ is to decry that person’s lack of education and culture. It has an interesting etymology. Apparently, the Victorian literary critic, poet and Her Majesty’s School Inspector, Matthew Arnold, was fond of using it, bringing it into regular use. This seems rather appropriate now. A debate is raging… Read More Culture Wars