My educational journey: From Progressive to (Liberal) Traditionalist


The following blog appeared on Company of Voices, my blog as Head teacher at Trinity Lewisham on December 22nd, 2015. In the light of current debates about Michaela School in Brent it somehow seems relevant, describing the journey I have been on in my thinking about education. Interestingly the label ‘traditional’ isn’t used. In the Twittersphere the debate is frequently characterised as between progressives and traditionalists. It just shows how far our language has evolved that we now use traditional where once we would have meant liberal.

22nd December 2015

Two highlights of 2015 for me have been days facilitated by Giles Barrow: one with the Secondary phase senior staff and the other with the whole Governing Body at our residential conference.

Giles has worked with us as a ‘consultant’ for seven years. I initially found him by looking for someone trained in Transactional Analysis. He has led Inset days…

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