Education – A Passion for Education – The Story of a Headteacher

I taught in the secondary school system in a comprehensive boys’ school for thirty six years. My subjects were Biology, PSHE, Sex Education, Drug Education, Science and Rock Music (yes I got it into the curriculum).

I did twelve years as a Deputy Head and five as a Headteacher. We achieved three consecutive ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted inspections and we did it my way – without regard to the government initiatives – with child centred education, mixed ability teaching, a rich curriculum, Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning and huge dollops of Restorative Practice. Every one of my students was equally important and they were all stars. Their self-esteem was paramount. The results flowed out the other end.

The book tells the story of my education and my philosophy. It’s a philosophy of success.

Here’s a review:-

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In this autobiographical account of his life as Head Teacher of Beverley Grammar School, Chris takes us through many of the failings of the post-war education system to the much superior, more flexible teaching of the twenty-first century. Along the way, he enthuses about rock music, leadership vs management, and – particularly – the kids. If you can make every lesson fun, every child feel cared for, and every staff member nurtured, attendance and results will pretty much look after themselves. You can pass every Ofsted inspection with flying colours, and your school can become best in class (no pun intended).

I was at college with Chris, and it didn’t seem to me then that he was destined to be a head teacher of a secondary school – a music critic, more like. He has done education a great service by showing you can be a rebel and get results too. I hadn’t expected to enjoy this book as much as I did; it has extraordinary energy and a lust for achievement. Every teacher should read it! 8/10 (October 2014)

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