Outing of an Activist.

As an activist, I have tweeted under the pen name of Daisy Norfolk for two or so years. Within that time I had little spats with several people, usually over things they had tweeted about children and their experience at school. I had moved on, blocked them and continued with my life. Recently, I had …

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Not the Messiah! There are no magic wands.

Make sense….why do teachers think they need a Holy Grail? They don’t they need to left to teach with support from colleagues and Heads teachers.

Being Brave! a first time headteachers blog.


Felt I needed to clarify my headteacher tweet. Now going on a internet break

The new academic year is always a fascinating thing. Dreams, hopes, ambitions often fill the air with their heady perfume. However the dreams and ambitions of the last few years seem to be more akin to survival than forging new paths. It is hard. It’s hard for Teachers, SLT’s and heads. I genuinely don’t have all the answers, as a team we have a lot more.  For us this year it’s about doing what we do but better. Honing /polishing/ tweaking.

This however is the point when the “Experts” swoop, praying on the stragglers from the flock.
Never thought I’d agree with Michael Gove but I have to say I’m sick of “Experts”


There are a lot of people who essentially promote themselves as the new messiah…The man with all the answers (They are invariably men)…They…

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The moral concerns of researchED

These questions are all very pertinent….I wonder if you will get an answer? And a list of the investors….

Hypothetical Thinking

Recently, Twitter debate has raged about the values of researchED, and what it has to offer teachers. I have been critical of researchED since I attended the first event here in Australia, and have had a number of concerns and questions, which I will detail in this post. I have concerns regarding:

  • The diversity of the speakers, both in terms of the representativeness of speakers on the programs with the general population, and in terms of the fields of research;
  • The sources of funding used to keep costs so low, and how this funding affects decisions made about the conference;
  • The denigration of education research and initial teacher education by the conference and conference advertising;
  • The promotion of deficit discourses of education and teaching, including initial teacher education;
  • The use of tactics of division – “us” and “them” – to include or exclude groups of people;
  • An ill-defined ‘what works’…

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Wish you were here – @theprimaryhead in Cuba

Super…witty…yet oh so on the button.

the primary head's blog


Whilst holidaying in Cuba I stumbled across a primary school. Obviously, I went in (thinking that if I took enough pictures I could get the trip paid for by my employer claiming that the whole holiday was in fact ‘professional development’) where I was met by the school’s Headteacher. The children were on holiday but I was welcome to look around if I had any money to donate as the school didn’t have enough money for pencils. ‘Welcome to my world’ I laughed in slow English as I patted her on the back and got her to pose for a selfie.

Cubans value education enormously. You can tell from the fact that whenever you’re in a taxi the driver will excitedly point out any school or university that you pass with levels of patriotic pride generally reserved for national monuments, of which Cuba, let me tell you, is not short…

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Teachers as resisting intellectuals

This post inspires me. You have argued well, focussing on the need for all of us to be more discerning and not to follow blindly. Ideology today is sadly bound up with making money, and this is where we must be most vigilant. Thank-you. Daisy


The outrage this week that has been expressed by some educators on Twitter against David Didau’s What causes behaviour? has prompted many to inspect their own thinking on race and intelligence. I am not a geneticist so I am not in the position to offer an expert view on the research in this field. More learned scholars such as Steve Watson and Benjamin Doxtdator have offered their views in their respective blog posts. Nick Dennis’s critique further points out the “lazy” research that forms the shaky ground of David’s position which has been construed as advocacy for “racial differences in IQ”, a remark he made in response to a comment to his piece through Feedback. His obstinacy to recognise pitfalls in his work when challenged adds more frustration to his critics.

The event took a more disturbing turn when Tomas White pointed out that the research that David cites to…

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Should I Expose the Perpetrator of a Hate Crime directed at me. Are there ‘No Excuses?’

Back in May I decided to take some time out of Twitter and being rather 'green' to the whole business, I suspended my account. I thought it was the best way to do it. How wrong could I be? Unbeknownst to me within minutes of me suspending my Twitter account, someone who had been stalking …

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Why mistakes must be celebrated

Roger Titcombe's Learning Matters

I have just read a book by Matthew Syed entitled ‘Black Box Thinking‘ (2015), John Murray.

Despite the title, it is about, learning from mistakes. The ‘black box’ reference is literal. It refers to the black box data in crashed aircraft that provide the evidence needed to learn from mistakes that caused or contributed to the crash. It addresses a vast range of bad event contexts from airline safety through deaths and harm caused by medical errors, the mental contortions of politicians faced with dire negative consequences of their decisions ( eg invading Iraq), the unwillingness of police and prosecutors to accept the innocence of those wrongly convicted of serious crimes when subsequently vindicated by solid evidence (often DNA), to wrong-headed decision making in business, scientific research, sport and more.

It is a powerful articulation of the vital, perhaps universal, role of mistakes in all deep learning.

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Consciously Cruel ‘no-excuses’ policies…in the Job Centre and at School.

Most children have a REASON…..not an excuse.

Daisy Norfolk Notes...


Those of you who have got to know me on twitter over the last few months may have been aware that there was a charity screening in Norwich recently of the film I, Daniel Blake. I’ll be honest with you, I had not actually seen the film before seeing it at this screening, and although I had meticulously read the screenplay, it in no way prepared me for the on-screen ‘kick-in-the-guts’ this film delivered.

Whilst hunkering down in the plush seats at Cinema City, with the 106 other folks who had purchased tickets, I began to think about the underlying themes of the film. Those of friendship, compassion and resilience in the face of adversity. Daniel Blake exhibited all of these traits in spades, yet he was defeated by a system which did not value any of them. Daniel struggles against a benefits system designed to make it difficult to…

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