Talking Heads #7

Picture: @CREducATE

Picture: @CREducATE

At GKP we are always on the lookout for the head teachers hitting the headlines. These are the stories from the last four weeks that really caught our eye.

Bruce Grindlay, Head of Sutton Valence School, Kent, told parents not to ‘immediately challenge staff’ when their children are disciplined.

Michael Tidd, Head of Medmerry Primary, West Sussex, called on educationalists to ditch educational jargon like ‘key stages’, ‘literacy’ and alliterative topic names.

Ian Pryce, Head of Bedford College, considered how to make work experience more effective.

Susan Ward, Deputy Head at Kingsland Primary, Peebles), suggested schools involve pupils in curating social media posts they are subjects in.

Dorothy MacGinty, Head of Kilgraston School, Pertshire, defended the high number of students independent schools send to Oxbridge, saying other schools should do more to encourage applicants.

While Shaun Fenton, Head of Reigate Grammar, said Oxbridge is not the be all and end all and many universities can offer the same or better.

Lisa Kerr, Head of Gordonstoun, accused Brexit of undermining teachers’ efforts to teach tolerance and respect.

Emma Hattersley, Head of Godolphin School, Salisbury, suggested schools cut scholarships for exceptionally talented pupils in favour of funding bursaries for those from less well-off families.

Shaun Fenton, (again) called on students to sit on interview panels to help pick their teachers.

Gwen Byrom, outgoing head of Loughborough High, warned of a UK headteacher ‘brain drain’ with top heads taking jobs abroad.


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