How it started

I’ve been blogging on and off for years on well-being, family life and life in our Wiltshire cottage but my professional life as a teacher has remained firmly in the classroom – and the kitchen where I do much of my marking, planning and preparation. In the year 2000 I was a ambitious assistant headteacher in charge of the sixth form at a comprehensive school in Bath. I was also heavily pregnant.

Unlike my own mother I was able to choose between work and motherhood rather than have to juggle both. Many teachers seem to do both very successfully but that wasn’t me. Three small children took up most of my energy and they were blessed years I wouldn’t have wanted to give less than 100% of my energy to But in 2015 I felt the pull back to the classroom and then to contribute more widely to the direction of the school. It’s a profession I love, the best job in the world.

Much has changed in the last twenty years in education especially in the way teachers share resources, ideas and best practice. I started a senior leadership qualification (NPQSL) at the start of this school year and am leading a school initiative on growing effective independent learners. Now seems like a good time to start sharing my classroom experiences.


Growing Effective Independent Learners

This is the title of my research project. I’ve spent the last term reading, researching and making contact with senior leaders in other schools about workable strategies that they use to improve outcomes for students without putting the students, themselves or their staff under unnecessary pressure. Easy gains is what I’m aiming for. Different and… Continue Reading →

Back to school

I’m dipping a toe in the water and getting back into the business of school leadership after a very extended break away. I have a pile of reading to complete in preparation and a lot of plates to spin during the course of this academic year. There has been an explosion in recent years of… Continue Reading →

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