I've been a teacher for 20 years starting out in Canada, then the US and for the last 12 years in the UK. I have been shortlisted to receive the National Leadership in Teaching Award 5 times. I have been an active governor at my local primary school, Brize Norton Primary, for the past 9 years (and was also the Chair of its Parents Association for 5 of those years). My wife is a teacher at the school and my son a pupil. I am a member of the Schools Frontline Forum. I left the chalkface 3 years ago and have entered the world of educational publishing where I am currently employed as a Senior Publisher (Primary) for the world's largest education publisher. I have carried out extensive research in the field of education around the world with a concentration in UK (state) primary schools.
Our local primary is a far better school than any of the many high-priced independent schools in the area (Oxfordshire is full of them). Our pupils are happy, healthy, attain well above the national average, have high CVA, staff are happy, enjoy strong support from Governors and greater community, always have a large budget surplus and OFSTED says we’re ‘Good with Outstanding elements’ (which we expect to be upgraded to just ‘Outstanding’ in our pending inspection).
We think we’ve got it right and we’re keen to help others. To this end I’ve contacted Gove, Gibb, Cameron (MP where our school is!) etc, and do they want to know? Do they heck. They could not be less interested.
So I’ve now approached our LA’s Head of Attainment and the Leadership Team-and they seem a little more interested.
We’re a successful school and a very short distance away there are schools failing badly. We want to help but are finding it difficult to ‘get anyone’s ear’.