Building a Community in SEND


The Compassionate School Leader

Professor David Woods CBE, Chairman of London Leadership Strategy


‘A leader is an individual who significantly affects the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of a significant number of individuals’ 

The London Leadership Strategy and Denmark


Don’t Rob Peter to Pay Paul: Why Extra Funding is Needed to Address Inequalities in the System


The introduction of a National Funding Formula is likely to move funding from London and other metropolitan areas. Part of the success of London schools can be attributed to the ability to target resources where they are most needed. To remove these resources now puts everything which has been achieved at risk. This paper offers some reflection on why we need to fund all schools at the higher level. 

It's a London Thing: Headship and Beyond

London leadership is unique, special and complex. You can wear many hats, all complementary and spin many plates, all precarious. My role as Headteacher of Barham, an expanding, titan, multi-everything, global majority, family-feel primary school in Wembley, for the last thirteen years has evolved and morphed into an experience similar to the lure of a chocolate fountain: rich, indulgent but with a health warning. 

Grammar Schools and the Rise of Post-Evidence Politics

On hearing that grammar schools were coming back, I immediately thought thank goodness Theresa May and her cabinet had not taken homeopathic medicine and believed it worked. If they had, that would be the evidence base used to justify introducing homeopathy into every hospital.

Moving Mountains

I remember the moment when Sarah’s file landed on my desk. It was a tragic history of neglect, failed placements and exclusions. Sarah, despite being in Year 9, was barely able to read. Numerous cancelled appointments at CAMHS had led to her case being closed, re-opened and then closed again. 

Moral Purpose and the Path to School Improvement

“History says, Don't hope
On this side of the grave,
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up
And hope and history rhyme”

The Cure at Troy - Seamus Heaney 

The ‘Cure at Troy’ and Moral Purpose 

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