Here are my most recent articles.

Since 1987 I have written articles in a variety of publications, including The Guardian, The Independent,
Times Educational Supplement The Radio Magazine and Managing Schools Today.

A rather haphazard archive of articles, including my monthly TES column, can be found here, with most recent writing here.

Further down this page are mostly articles about school leadership, English and literacy, including the most downloaded and discussed piece I ever wrote (for The English Magazine): 12 Things that Great English Teachers Do. I have also written about radio djs and cooking - you can see samples in the "Writing Samples" page.

See also Features for pieces about leadership and more general pieces on teaching and pedagogy.

Recently published articles


  • 'A ritual born out of controversy': My Bury Free Press column (22 November 2014)
  • 'The scapegoating of school leaders': My East Anglian Daily Times column (20 November 2014)
  • 'My Manifesto': My TES column (31 October 2014)
  • 'Celebrating a Bigger Partnership' My Bury Free column (17 October 2014)
  • 'Sir Michael is too quick to criticise': My Bury Free Press column (22 September, 2014)
  • 'The French have a term for it': My National Education Trust blog on the new school year (1 September, 2014)
  • 'Keep your cool during difficult conversations': My TES article for the 'Leadership' section (15 August, 2014)
  • 'Id be surprised if there were no surprises': My TES blog on A-level results (14 August, 2014)
  • 'We're now in the post-Gove era': My Bury Free Press column (18 July, 2014)
  • 'Going back to my roots': My EADT column (16 July, 2014)
  • 'Gove, the great reformer, mistook change for improvement' My TES blog (15 July, 2014)
  • 'Is it fair to fine parents for taking children out of school?': EADT debate (25 June, 2014)
  • 'We don't have a river for rowing': a comment on the caricaturing of state school sport My TES blog (23 June, 2014)
  • 'So what is Britishness?': My Bury Free Press column (20 June, 2014)
  • 'Gove & the Trojan Horse': My EADT column (18 June, 2014)
  • 'Ofqual whistle-blowing?: we owe it to our students to do so.'' My TES piece on Ofqual's call for evidence over unfair practice (6 June, 2014)
  • 'The Rules of Rejection' My TES piece on debriefing unsuccessful interview candidates (16 May, 2014)
  • 'The Power of Words' My Bury Free Press column on vocabulary (16 May, 2014)
  • 'Doing God' My EADT column on religion and atheism (May, 2014)
  • 'It's a very special anniversary' My Bury Free Press column on Shakespeare (18 April, 2014)
  • 'Is behaviour in schools really getting worse?' My EADT column on behaviour (16 April, 2014)
  • 'Could this please be the last bit of radical reform to qualifications just for a decade or so?' My TES blog on GCSE reform (4 April, 2014)
  • 'Gove's magic deserts him' My TES blog on the ASCL keynotes (21 March, 2014)
  • 'Day in, day out, were doing our best:' My Bury Free Press column (21 March, 2014)
  • 'On the Policy Exchange Proposal for Ofsted' My East Anglian column (19 March, 2014)
  • 'School is about more than exams' My Bury Free Press column (21 February 2014)
  • 'Should schools have a longer school day?' My EADT debate article (19 February 2014)
  • 'Giving Ofsted a dressing down' My EADT column (19 February 2014)
  • 'Seldon's proposal reinforces a myth' My TES blog (21 January 2014)
  • 'Our War Heroes Deserve Better' My Bury Free Press column (17 January 2014)
  • 'Tortoise out of the Box' My EADT column (15 January 2014)
  • 'New Year Philistinism' My TES New Year Blog (3 January 2014)


  • 'Suffolk Mission' My Bury Free Press column (20 December 2013)
  • 'Ofsted Cheer' My EADT column (18 December 2013)
  • 'On not being top of the PISA pops' Guardian article (3 December 2013)
  • 'There are inspectors and inspectors' East Anglian Daily Times article (20 November 2013)
  • 'The Shyness of Teachers' Bury Free Press article (15 November 2013)
  • 'What I'd really welcome at GCSE' TES blog (1 November 2013)
  • 'Take Note of our Great Schools' My Bury Free Press column (18 October 2013)
  • 'A Matter of Life or Death' My TES review of 'I Am Malala' (18 October 2013)
  • 'Leo Remembered' My EADT column (16 October 2013)
  • 'The Magic of Suffolk' My Bury Free Press column (20 September 2013)
  • 'I'll let you in on a secret' TES column (13 September 2013)
  • 'Bringing the world into your school' Article for TES Leadership (30 August 2013)
  • 'View from the Top: Richard Parker's 'The Reality of School Leadership' My review for the TES (23 August 2013)
  • 'A-levels 2013': My column for the Bury Free Press (16 August 2013)
  • 'Englishness': My column for the East Anglian Daily Times (16 August 2013)
  • 'A-level blog': My blog for the TES (15 August 2013)
  • 'Summer Heat': My column for the Bury Free Press (19 July 2013)
  • 'Teaching Matters': My column for the East Anglian Daily Times (17 July 2013)
  • 'Don't believe the curriculum hype' Article for The Guardian (8 July 2013)
  • 'Payment by Numbers' My latest column (Bury Free Press) (29 June 2013)
  • 'Supporting staff through trying times': TES Leadership column (TES) (21 June 2013)
  • 'Toys out of the Pram': East Anglian Daily Times column (TES) (19 June 2013)
  • 'What makes a good teacher?': TES column (TES) (11 June 2013)
  • 'Testing Times for Grammar': My latest column for the Bury Free Press (BFP) (17 May 2013)
  • 'Knowing Stuff': My latest column for the EADT (EADT) (15 May 2013)
  • 'Withitness' is all you need: My latest column (TES) (3 May 2013)
  • TES Leadership: 'Take charge in your first few weeks': My column (TES) (3 May 2013)
  • 'Saluting Edmund Coote': My latest column (East Anglian Daily Times) (20 March 2013)
  • 'On Character': My latest column (Bury Free Press) (15 March 2013)
  • 'Ofsted - who do you think you are?': My latest column (TES) (22 February 2013)
  • 'Role-Models': My latest column (East Anglian Daily Times) (20 February 2013)
  • 'Reading is for everyone': My article for World Book Day (TES) (15 February 2013)
  • 'In Praise of Roy Samson': My latest column (Bury Free Press) (18 January 2013)
  • 'A Monster is Hatched': My latest column (East Anglian Daily Times) (16 January 2013)
  • 'This Too Shall Pass': New year blog (National Education Trust) (January 2013)

    Starting Headship

    I have recently collected the eleven articles I wrote about 'Starting Headship' for the now-expired Managing Schools Today. If you are about to take up your own headship of a school, I hope you find them helpful and reassuring.

    English Articles Archive

    This is an archive of articles as they were submitted for publication rather than the form in which they finally appeared. It contains various pieces about English teaching and literacy. It's all a bit historical now; for more recent work, look at Recent Articles which is updated more regularly.