As I emerged from beneath a borrowed dinosaur-duvet at a friend’s house on the hazy morning of Monday, clambering my 6 foot frame out of the rickety bunk-bed her son usually sleeps in, the enormity of the day before hit me: I had had an East London Sunday. A big one. Life-affirming, perhaps. An unexpected, largely […]Read more "East London Day: Biryani, Deadpool, Halloumi, Uber, Boat"
Do you remember seeing this building in the Newham documentary last week? I am still quietly seething about the style, content and motivations behind ‘The Last White of the East End’ documentary last week, which is available on iPlayer here. For me personally, what rankled most was the factual inaccuracies about Newham schools and the fact […]Read more "#LastWhites? The Real East London"
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I have been a teacher for 27 years, a Headteacher for 12 years and, at the age of 51, this much I know about Happiness. Between patrolling the school corridors, ensuring Year 11 are still revising hard and checking the examination halls are in good order, I am writing my next book, This…
Here are some thoughts. Integration requires mutual understanding and compromise of all those involved if it is to be even remotely equitable. When ‘they don’t want to integrate’ is invoked, question the extent to which one group is expecting others to change, whilst not expressing any desire or willingness to change themselves. This is immersion […]Read more "Integration, Diversity, Community"
Do you have a vision of what you are doing this for? Does it frame your actions, and give you a reason to get up in the morning, cloth bag in hand? Do you often consider the extent to which your actions are building towards this vision? Your answers are ‘Kind of’, ‘A bit’ and […]Read more "Vision: Blind Leading the Blind"
This is a guest post by my friend and colleague Dr Nasima Hassan (@Nasimatheroad) from the University of East London. With a Muslim male PFA Player of the Year and a Muslim male Mayor of London hitting the headlines in recent weeks, writing about Muslim male primary school teachers as postmodern change-makers might look like […]Read more "Muslim, Male and Primary School Teacher: The Postmodern Change Maker"