This much I know about…pointlessness


I have been a teacher for 27 years, a Headteacher for 13 years and, at the age of 51, this much I know about pointlessness.

Blue is the colour. Just over a year ago our premises manager Jeff refurbished my tatty office. I left the entire project to him. I returned from the half-term holiday to find my office redecorated in Manchester City colours – the carpet, chairs, signature wall and the blinds all in light blue with a sign on my door declaring Etihad Airways as the proud sponsors of the refurbishment. My sole contribution to the décor was a set of red coasters for the new table.


Excellence is not an act but a habit. Will Durant’s oft mis-attributed aphorism can only be correct if those habitual acts are worthwhile practice. The new table Jeff bought for the office refurb is made of fake wood; it…

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