Talking Heads #12

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.

10. Ceri Stokes, Assistant Head at Kimbolton School (Cambridgeshire), on why schools should consider documenting pastoral incidents the way they would safeguarding issues, to better monitor trends

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9. Bernard Trafford, former head, on examining the Lib Dems’ educational policy

8. Colin Dowland, Head at Woodbridge (North London), on winning £10,000 for his comedy play ‘Headless’ about an Ofsted Inspection

7. Rebecca Foster, Head at English at Wyvern St Edmund’s, on homework that’s meaningful and doesn’t need marking

6. Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, Head at Anderton Park (Birmingham), on dealing with two month’s of protests over teaching LGBT-inclusive content

5. Oliver Blond, Head of Roedean School (East Sussex), on sending students on a Big Brother-style retreat after the Head realised how little pupils knew about one another

4. Magnus Bashaarat, Head of Bedales (Hampshire), on why GCSEs are dull, narrow and stifle creative teaching

3. Dr Kevin Stannard, Head of Innovation and Learning at the Girls’ Day School Trust, on why history shouldn’t be dispensable after Key Stage 3

2. Academics, from the University of Kentucky, on how Heads developing knowledge and skills over Twitter

1. John Oakes, Head of Dartford Grammar, on warning the Department for Education not to cut funding for the International Baccalaureate


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