Threshold Concepts by Mark Deacon

If you don’t “get” this, you won’t be able to understand “that”. Schools are feeling the impact of curriculum and accountability reforms. There are heartfelt pleas for the future of the arts which are being squeezed out to make space for subjects included in accountability measures. There is also a decline within subject provision. Science... Continue Reading →

Mentoring Matters

How can we align our Early Career Teachers offers across groups of schools? Crossing the boundary from being a school leader to working in teacher training in a Higher Education Institution has challenged my perspective on many things including how we train our teachers and who trains them. Throughout my career I have volunteered to... Continue Reading →

Flakesfleet’s Got Talent?

Recently I visited the Flakesfleet Primary School  situated in a social housing estate within the Fleetwood boundary.  The town, once a noted fishing port, bears the signs of economic and geographical isolation. McNally (2019) COMMENTED: In recent decades Fleetwood has suffered a succession of setbacks which would have tested the fortitude of the most resilient... Continue Reading →

The future of public exams

Ofqual has announced that all public exams this summer have been cancelled but grades will be awarded on the basis of other evidence.  The details of how this will be done have not been announced at the time of writing, but we can guess how it might be done.   How are they going to... Continue Reading →

Feeling Frayed?

Since pre-history, where grasses were twisted by hand to help to move large rocks and stones, humans have been making rope to aid and assist the pulling of goods. Ancient Egyptians used fibre from papyrus plants, but hemp, coir and sisal have since provided the tensile strength required for the job (as well as being... Continue Reading →


A bit of brain science There has been a great deal made of the implications of advances in brain science for schools.  Too much probably, because experienced teachers will recognise that they were doing certain things long before ‘brain science’ told them to. Nevertheless, Ofsted now expects all teachers, tutors and mentors to know a... Continue Reading →

Is Vulnerability the new Hero Leadership?

Invited to contribute to one of The Big Education’s ‘Big Conversations’ I was excited to join a stellar line up including Sir Tim Brighouse, Karen Giles and Nadine Bernard. Each speaker contributed a perspective on leadership which we all agreed should be underpinned by values, integrity and authenticity. However, we realised that in order to... Continue Reading →

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