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:-
By Mystic blueport on 19 Oct. 2014
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)