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CEO’s Blog: May 2022: Letter to Year 13 revisited.

Those who’ve been reading my blogs for some time may recall that I once wrote a “letter to Year 13”.  It was July 2019, and the blog can be found in the archive on the MAT’s website.  Part of my reason behind writing that post at that time was that I had a “Year 13” of my own.  My eldest had just completed his A Levels, and we were awaiting his results.  Little did any of us know that those results would be the last externally examined outcomes that our young people have received – at either Year 13 or Year 11. 

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CEO’s Blog: April 2022: “Eyes on, hands off.”

The concept of “eyes on, hands off” is straightforward enough.  Our governance, not just in schools, but in hospital trusts, police and prison services, and many other public and private bodies, should be driven by effective scrutiny (“eyes on”) and yet clear delineation from the executive function (“hands off”).  For “eyes on”, governors need to be knowledgeable – not only about the organisation but also the communities and stakeholders it comprises, the statutory framework within which it operates, and what its vision, ambition, strengths and weaknesses are.

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CEO’s Blog: December 2021: “The mind’s ear.”

I was recently reading a chapter from Martin Amis’ semi-autobiographical “Inside Story”, and found a particular section entitled “the mind’s ear” fascinating.  We have all heard of “the mind’s eye”, an old and much-used phase that…

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CEO’s Blog: September 2021: The “thief of joy”?

There are many who find a good alibi far more attractive than an achievement. For an achievement does not settle anything permanently. We still have to prove our worth anew each day; we have to prove that we are as good today as we were yesterday. But when we have a valid alibi for not achieving anything we are fixed, so to speak, for life.

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CEO’s Blog: “The Pale Blue Dot”

Regular readers will know that I am “late to the table” with regards to reading for pleasure, and also that I’m no scientist by any definition of the term.  Yet, I enjoy reading the work of…

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CEO’s Blog: “The Shape of the Spoon”

As we move toward the end of the term, and the end of the calendar year, we will all be taking some time to reflect on what 2020 has meant to us. Writing in a personal capacity, as I do for these blogs, there have certainly been many lows as well as highs as I am sure you, my reader, will have experienced also.

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