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Building a Community in SEND

Posted by: LLS
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31st January 2017
  On the 10th of January Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families, Edward Timpson MP, announced £60,000,000 in new funding for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The funding, coming into play from April 2017 onwards, aims to ensure that “all children, no matter the...

The Compassionate School Leader

Posted by: LLS
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30th January 2017
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’  Howard Gardner, Leading Minds, An Anatomy of Leadership   Another definition of leadership is to...

The London Leadership Strategy and Denmark

Posted by: LLS
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16th December 2016
  Almost two years ago a Danish journalist employed by a leading Danish newspaper came to London to research a story on the London Challenge and LLS. He was particularly interested in London’s success in raising standards and closing gaps in performance (a growing issue of concern in Denmark) as...

A Day In The Life Of A Head

Posted by: LLS
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14th December 2016
Aim high!    No excuses!  Work hard!   No excuses! 7.00am Calls begin for those people off sick Start to organise cover for absent teachers   8.00am Read emails (but never enough time to answer them!) Talk to Staff ….‘Can I just have a word?’ Going out on the gate to answer parent queries: “Is...
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Don’t Rob Peter to Pay Paul: Why Extra Funding is Needed to Address Inequalities in the System

Posted by: LLS
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7th November 2016
Focus 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...

It's a London Thing: Headship and Beyond

Posted by: LLS
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28th September 2016
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...

Grammar Schools and the Rise of Post-Evidence Politics

Posted by: LLS
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14th September 2016
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. The New Labour...

Moving Mountains

Posted by: LLS
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1st September 2016
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

Posted by: LLS
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2nd August 2016
“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  I can’t claim to have read ‘The Cure at Troy’ but I do know that...

Co-Headship: The Future Solution to School Leadership

Posted by: LLS
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18th July 2016
With an undeterred conviction, we strongly believe that there are far-reaching benefits to a Co-Headship model as it is a partnership, which binds the expertise of two reputable leaders that have the potency to rival any traditional model of Headship. The synergy of two Headteachers permits the...

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