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Six month review…

Are we already half way through the first year of the second decade of the 21st century? Yep, seems so. Maybe time to take a quick look at the past six months…

2011 began busily at BETT working with Stream2School – a great concept-realisation that allows schools to rent software rather than buy it. Also a seminar presentation for European Electronique  – which went well. The year continued busily – lots of support for my PGCE trainees who have found the demands of teacher training hard. It’s a tough year but they’ve finally made it. In among the school-based training has been facilitation for the National College’s Leading From the Middle programme. The programme is coming to a end now with my last cohort in Bristol finishing next week. It’s been a genuine privilege to have worked on this. We had the final ‘celebration’ session with a Swindon group last night attended by coaches and head teachers – the progress shown by middle leaders from primary and secondary schools in self-awareness, confidence and team-effectiveness was almost palpable. Great shame that in this era of the self-improving school, this very effective tool for self-improvement is now longer available. Elsewhere, there’ve been presentations in the UK and trips overseas – including a return visit to Kijkduin, Netherlands for a meeting of head teachers from international primary schools – good to meet up again; education consultancy & materials creation for the All Wales Travel Code ; and quite a bit of educational authoring – I enjoyed writing an article for Teaching & Learning Update for example. Understanding the implications of The Wolf Report have kept me busy with moderating The Big Vocational Debate too…

A busy few days ahead before heading off for Glastonbury 2011 – will the weather hold?