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Rethinking Leadership

Who will get your vote in education?

Hello, fellow educators and curious minds! My name is Gloria Gomez Barrera, and I am a Year 1 teacher and, part of the Next Big 10 Change Team for Atelier 21. In...
As a pioneering school, Atelier 21 prides itself on crafting meaningful, joyful, and relevant learning experiences for our future changemakers. However, with diverse cohorts from Reception to Year 11, one of the...
Given the current context our school leaders work in - where funding shortages, an exponential rise in child poverty, squeezed public services and a growing teacher recruitment and retention crisis are creating...
‘Do you remember what we learned last term in Science?’ A familiar, yet challenging question for children and quite often adults in schools to answer. Looking at displays or at previous exercise...
As an experienced educator, I firmly believe in the power of an education system to transform society. However, the needs of young people are often at the back of the queue when...
My first headship, in 2004, was at a school languishing at the bottom of the national league tables. Deemed a ‘failing’ school, and part of the then Fresh Start Initiative, it closed...
Our next Secretary of State will take the reins of education amid a perfect storm. The profession is battling an onslaught of challenges which have come together, at the same time, in...
Rethinking Leadership leaves me feeling energised and motivated on a topic which usually generates my resignation, sadness, and frustration - and that is the ability of our school system to support young...
At The King Alfred School in North London, Year 8 students partake in term-long interdisciplinary enquiry projects known as ‘Explorations’. Explorations provide students with a deeper learning experience and the opportunity to...
One of Thornbury Primary School’s signature practices is the use of Animal Aces. The Animal Aces involves specific skills or abilities being referenced in terms of an animal character. There are nine...

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