Recent Articles

These are articles on literacy, school leadership, and behaviour that have appeared in a range of publications. They include my monthly column for the Times Educational Supplement.

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 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, we’re 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)

    2013

  • '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)

    2012

  • 'The Z Word': my monthly EADT column "I am, I fear, in the bad books..." (East Anglian Daily Times) (21 November 2012)
  • BFP column 3: "I wanted to be Noel Edmonds ..." (Bury Free Press) (16 November 2012)
  • '10 things I've learned about headship': 'Layered Cake' (ASCL 'Leader' Magazine) (November 2012)
  • TES article: Just Say No (Times Educational Supplement) (October 2012)
  • BFP column 1: A Question of Choice (Bury Free Press) (October 2012)
  • EADT column 9: Lessons from abroad (East Anglian Daily Times) (October 2012)
  • BFP education supplement: Education basics (Bury Free Press) (September 2012)
  • TES article: 'Flippancy makes exam system look even less credible' (TES) (September 2012)
  • TES article: 'Aim for a PB in optimism' (Times Educational Supplement) (September 2012)
  • TES article: 'Avast Y! Here be the booty!' (KS3 English) (Times Educational Supplement) (September 2012)
  • East Anglian Daily Times column (7): On boredom (East Anglian Daily Times) (August 2012)
  • TES article: 'Our pupils have been sacrificed to an ideology' (Times Educational Supplement) (August 2012)
  • East Anglian Daily Times column (6): On boredom (East Anglian Daily Times) (July 2012)
  • TES column: End-of-term optimism (Times Educational Supplement) (July 2012)
  • East Anglian Daily Times column (5): Panto season (East Anglian Daily Times) (June 2012)
  • TES column: Proud of state school achievements (Times Educational Supplement) (June 2012)
  • East Anglian Daily Times (4): The lure of 'freedom' (East Anglian Daily Times) (May 2012)
  • TES column: Credibility Matters (Times Educational Supplement) (April 2012)
  • National Education Trust pamphlet: 'Shouldn't Ofsted be helping to improve our schools? (NET, extract only) (January 2012)
  • TES column: Practical jokers are the arch villains (Times Educational Supplement) (February 2012)
  • East Anglian Daily Times column 3: Thinking globally (EADT) (March 2012)
  • TES column: Carrots fail to motivate (Times Educational Supplement) (March 2012)
  • The Schools Network blog: On the future – learning in 2037 (The Schools Network) (March 2012)
  • The Use of English article: Reclaiming English (Spring 2012)
  • East Anglian Daily Times column (2): Birmingham
  • East Anglian Daily Times monthly column (1): Suffolkation (April 2012)
  • TES column: Credibility Matters (April 2012)

    2011

  • TES article: More shoved than nudged (Times Educational Supplement) (January 2011)
  • TES article: Perhaps we should scream (Times Educational Supplement) (March 2011)
  • TES article: Writing's on the wall if children don't read (Times Educational Supplement) (April 2011)
  • TES article: Reforms give me that Domesday feeling (Times Educational Supplement) (June 2011)
  • TES review: David Brooks The Social Animal (Times Educational Supplement) (July 2011)
  • TES article: What goes on behind Ofsted's back is brilliant (Times Educational Supplement) (July 2011)
  • TES article: There's not much wrong with our moral compass (Times Educational Supplement) (August 2011)
  • NET article 'The Whitehall Signal Box' (National Education Trust) (September 2011)
  • TES English article 'Why talk matters' (Times Educational Supplement) (September 2011)

    2010

  • TES article on "Cutting the frontline" (February 2010)
  • TES article: "Whatever your subject, you're a teacher of English" (Times Educational Supplement) (March 2010)
  • TeachIt article on "film" (April 2010)
  • Quoted in an Independent article by Richard Garner on election pledges (April 2010)
  • TES article: The myth of parental choice (Times Educational Supplement) (April 2010)
  • Teachit article: Literary Heritage (May 2010)
  • TES book review: Doug Lemov: Teach Like a Champion(Times Educational Supplement) (May 2010)
  • TES article: When the government gets put into special measures (Times Educational Supplement) (May 2010)
  • SecEd article on whole-school literacy (June 2010)
  • TES article: Mr Gove, think twice before you trifle with Ofsted (Times Educational Supplement) (June 2010)
  • TES article: A Monopoly game in which poor people lose (Times Educational Supplement) (August 2010)
  • TES article: Withitness outdoes genius (Times Educational Supplement) (October 2010)
  • TES article: Check the small print (Times Educational Supplement) (December 2010)

    Archive

    2009

    January 2009:
    The Safeguarding Monster
    February 2009:
    Cover is part of the job
    March 2009:
    Teaching is Sexy
    April 2009:
    Behaviour
    June 2009:
    Politicians' Expenses
    August 2009:
    Rarely cover
    September 2009:
    Exam results pantomime
    October 2009:
    How important is Maths?
    November 2009:
    The Safeguarding Monster


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