Talented Teachers Project – An Update

As a Trust we are passionate about developing, nurturing and encouraging good teaching. It will come as no surprise that we fundamentally believe that good teaching leads to positive outcomes – both for children and the professional development of staff. In a bid to...

After Headship . . . what next?

After Headship… what next? It was a quiet morning in early August when I packed up my final box of bits – a whistle, some books and big ball of blu tack – and finally left my headship at Rustington after 11 happy years. Driving five minutes across town, I...

Academisation – where’s it all going?

As a Trust, Schoolsworks is in its seventh year and seven is an interesting number (if you are into that sort of thing).  Sometimes described as the perfect number, in terms of organisational growth, seven years means that the stages of ‘forming’, ‘storming’ and...

Learning from Mr Amazon

Amongst my holiday reading I came across the letter that Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, wrote earlier this year to his shareholders. As one of the people who is undoubtedly shaping the world around us today, I pay attention when he writes about what he sees as important...

What does good school governance look like?

The key turning point in the long and winding road of my story was when I became a parent governor at our children’s local primary school in 1999.  Since then, good governance has been a key theme of the distinctive way in which we have sought to build things here in...