June 2011

The know zone

  • Lead vocals
    Quotes from George Eliot, George Burns, William Galdstone and Dr Seuss More
  • Sink or swim?
    A divided governing body can be deadly, so prospective heads should find out all they can before joining a new school, says Richard Bird. More
  • Cognitive behaviour
    Measures to save money don’t have to be massively radical. Small efficiencies can yield great gains, says Sam Ellis. More
  • Life-changing
    After going to sea as a teenage midshipman on a cargo liner, Kevin McAleese changed course and went into teaching. The former head of two large comprehensive schools, he is now chairman of the NHS North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust and an education consultant. More
  • Money talks
    Charity pfeg works with teachers to develop young people’s financial awareness and campaigns nationally to make learning about money matters an education priority. More
  • Adding value
    With schools facing cuts of nearly 5 per cent in real terms and one in six English secondary schools in deficit, achieving value for money is more important than ever. More
  • Train to gain?
    Is the government’s plan for a raft of teaching schools the best way forward for managing continuing professional development? And how does teacher training fit in? Leaders share their thoughts. More
  • Leaders' surgery
    The antidote to common leadership conundrums… More
  • Forming a united front
    Polarised debates about education are counter-productive. What we need, says Brian Lightman, is a supra-political approach in which all sides come together to analyse what works and resolve fundamental problems. More
  • Bored meeting
    Mike Hodgkiss offers some strategies for making interminable, tedious meetings slightly more tolerable.Mike Hodgkiss offers some strategies for making interminable, tedious meetings slightly more tolerable. More
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Lead vocals

"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
George Eliot

"I look to the future because that's where I'm going to spend the rest of my life."
George Burns

"There's never just one wet butt in a canoe. We're all in this together."

"Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness."
William Galdstone

"Today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way."
Dr Seuss