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Will a behaviour consultant help your school get through an OFSTED inspection?

April 22, 2017

At the start of the year I wrote about my experience of Behaviour Consultants. Although I have known of decent people doing this job, there has been a real problem with bad advice from consultants and many teachers shared examples of this with me. However, just recently an opportunity came up to compare directly what a […]


School Uniforms and The Mob

September 16, 2016

Last week there were stories in the press about a school that enforced its uniform policy (yes, that really was considered newsworthy). Much of the response resembled “school shaming” which I wrote about in this series of posts in the holidays: The Daily Mail is still shaming schools Don’t Twitter shame a school and call it […]


What’s it like for a school to be shamed? Part 3

August 9, 2016

I’ve been writing about what happens when a school is “shamed” in the press and on social media. In part 1, I wrote about what a school can experience on Twitter. In part 2, I wrote about the emails a school can get. This blog deals with messages left on a school’s website after a shaming. […]


What’s it like for a school to be shamed? Part 2

August 8, 2016

Last time I showed what a school that had been “shamed” in the press and on social media could face on Twitter. As unpleasant as it was, and although it effectively silenced debate, it could be avoided by logging out of Twitter. What follows, however,  can’t be avoided as it was emailed to a school. No […]


What’s it like for a school to be shamed? Part 1

August 7, 2016

I’ve written a couple of posts recently about how schools can be “shamed” in the press (usually the Daily Mail) and on social media. Here, I’m going to show what that is like. I’m not going to name the school (although it won’t take much detective work to figure out which one it is) but […]


Don’t Twitter shame a school and call it a debate

July 31, 2016

Yesterday I wrote about the Daily Mail’s shaming of schools. The stories generally consist of a parent’s complaint about a school, in which the parent describes what the school did, with insufficient attempts to confirm whether it is accurate or not. This is often then followed up with a social media hate campaign that leaves […]


Top rated posts in 2018

January 1, 2019

The following posts got the most views in 2018. Many of them weren’t actually written in 2018, so do check the date before reading. The EEF were even more wrong about ability grouping than I realised Finding or advertising a teaching job on Twitter with #teachingvacancyuk School Shamings: Why they are unnecessary and who is […]


The campaign against discipline

December 16, 2018

It seems a long time since the days of 2013, when putting more knowledge in the curriculum could inspire 100 educationalists to write a letter claiming this: ….could severely erode educational standards. The proposed curriculum consists of endless lists of spellings, facts and rules. This mountain of data will not develop children’s ability to think, […]


12 years a blogger

October 30, 2018

Last week it was the 12th anniversary of my blog. It’s been a fairly busy year. Professionally, I worked in a really challenging school for most of that time. I experienced an Ofsted and I also took an A-level class for a year, for the first time in quite a while. As a blogger, I […]


A Guide To Scenes From The Battleground

September 2, 2018

I have updated this guide for the holidays. This blog is about the state of secondary education. There is an introduction to it here: Welcome (or welcome back) to the Battleground And some reflections on it here: Now We Are Seven Now We Are Eight This Blog’s 9th Birthday 10 Years A Blogger 11 Years Of Blogging Here is a […]