New Start: @TeacherHead

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Today marked a new beginning in lots of ways.

For various reasons that I’ll explore at another time, as of Friday 20th, I am no longer the Headteacher at Highbury Grove School.  I wish everyone associated with the school the very best.  I hope that students find joy and fulfilment in their future lives and strive to make a difference to the world.   It has been an honour to work with so many wonderful young people, a genuine privilege to lead such a committed, talented group of staff and to serve the community as Headteacher.

As the school moves on, so do I.  I’m not going to disappear or hide away; on the contrary, I’ll be making a return to regular blogging with a catalogue of new experiences to share and discuss. I’m also now looking to support schools through @teacherhead-consulting while I weigh up opportunities to return to Headship.  I’m going to return to service with the Heads’ Roundtable and continue working with the National Baccalaureate Trust.

For numerous personal and professional reasons, I decided that my previous blog /twitter ID ‘headguruteacher’ had to die. Over the last few weeks I shut down this blog and the associated twitter account.  I needed space to think.  It’s been lovely – a time to watch, listen and reflect; time to decide what to do next.  I didn’t want to turn it back on unchanged and, in any case, the ‘guru’ part (which started as a bit of private fun related to my time in Indonesia) has always been a bit awkward.  It’s gone.  I tried using @tom_sherrington but my namesake @tomsherrington and I were getting confused and it was too much trouble.  Happily @teacherhead was available.  It works for me.  It describes what I do. It also references a frame of mind as in ‘I’ve got my teacher head on!’  But let’s not overdo it!

I’ve got various ideas for blogs brewing and I’ll unleash them soon enough.  Meanwhile I’ve been overwhelmed by the flurry of recent comments and messages sent via twitter referencing the impact some of my posts have had for different people.  It’s heartening to know that people value the output from this blog so I am determined to keep it going. Thank you everyone who has offered support and words of encouragement; it’s meant a great deal.

The future is now… let’s see what happens.

PS: In case you were wondering, the image at the top is just a doodle/design I’ve been tinkering with for a while; symbols that capture the things that inspire me:.  Perhaps this could be the @teacherhead coat of arms!  My family sits at the top; DNA, for the wonders of life and living things; pi for the physical wonders of nature –  beautiful in its complexity and simplicity; infinity – for life’s infinite possibilities and the endlessness of space and time; bass clef – to represent music, a central feature of most of our lives; and the Feynman diagram. This is a particle-antiparticle annihilation/production diagram – a symbol of continual re-birth from the awe-inspiring world of particle physics.  

28 comments

  1. Tom,

    I sat in the car on the family journey to visit some friends and learnt the news.

    Anyhow, there are a few simple rules in life but my favourite is about ‘mind over matters’- do what you do with awesomeness and the right paths will follow!

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  2. Tom, so good to see you back. I loved your blogs and, as a governor, found many of them extremely useful. They made me think about our practices. All the best. You’ll continue to make a difference, of that I’m sure.

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  3. Glad to hear you are still around, have enjoyed and shared your ideas, particularly the science teaching ones! Encourage my nqts to read your book, we have a well-thumbed copy in the department. Good luck in your new venture.

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  4. Best of luck with your future plans Tom.
    Now that you are released from the constraints of representing a school organisation, do you have any views on how the teaching profession can move out of the mess of being “done to”. Teachers are good at talking. The bit that we seem to be missing as a profession is turning ideas into action at a higher level than the individual classroom. The Head Teachers’ Round Table is a great concept, and has some great representatives, but how do we avoid it being just a talking shop?

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  5. Hi Tom. I’m 3 years into life after a glorious and exacting headship myself and have spent those three years consulting, mentoring, training and writing about SEND. It’s been an amazing education. Again. Of course you will be massively in demand and I wish you well. For me took a while to get used to finishing sentences, having one conversation at a time and not having a PA!

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  6. Mr Sherrington I am genuinely pleased you are well and embarking on a new career but please would you explain why you left my child’s school so abruptly. We were suppose to be meeting you about her/his ongoing ‘problems’ and now you are not there anymore. Feel a little confused?

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  7. Glad to see you are still around. I very much appreciated your honesty in your blogs. Education needs people like you around, more than it probably realises! All the very best for the future…

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  8. You may not know this, but a few years ago, you saved my sanity and my career. You have inspired me, challenged me and made me wish I worked for you. I wish you all good things, this seems like a great opportunity for you, to turn this into something extraordinary. Good luck to you headguru – I’ll read your thoughts, as always, with interest and I know I’ll be learning and developing my own practice through your experiences.

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  9. Will follow your path closely. I have used your work to great effect in moving my school forward. I hope this new venture delivers a successful career. Andrew Clay

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  10. Best wishes Tom. I find your blog and thoughts inspiring so look forward to more. Having worked with you in Indo, the guru tag was pretty apt. Onwards and upwards.

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