The TeamNorthern Guide to Enjoying Ofsted


Educators across all sectors in the UK talk about ‘surviving Ofsted’ and are generous in offering self-help.  But what about enjoying Ofsted?  Enjoyment is a verb that’s applied more to learning than to teaching, as if somewhere along the line educators sacrificed their right to be happy, in pursuit of ‘Outcomes for Learners’.

I had the most enjoyable week of my working life and that’s not because of the outcome of our recent Ofsted inspection because we don’t officially know that yet (got a week of nail-biting ahead of us).  It didn’t start well:  tears of self-pity and single-parent guilt as my son and I cut short our Edinburgh trip after a phone call received in Greyfriars Kirkyard.  But from the first meeting of the TeamNorthern organising committee, to waking up ten days later with this blog half-written in my head – and at all points in between – it’s been a blast.

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Some have called me a leader, and a entrepreneur, they say I have integrity, presence and skills to ensure continuous improvement and success in whatever challenges I face. They also tell me that I am positive, resilient and motivating. I say, I'm just a normaI guy from Gateshead in the North of England, who started as an apprentice engineer. I have been in the right place at the right time and in the wrong place at the wrong time! I have successfully initiated and led complex organizations and situations to completion and success, and I have been in some jobs where success seemed untouchable. Mainly though, I have tried to learn everyday, help people to progress and learn the skills they need to be successful. I have had the privilege of working with some great people locally across the UK and more recently internationally in Asia, Europe and now USA, where I am lucky enough to work for where I am head of 3aaa USA. This website is just me having an outlet to talk about all those thoughts, ideas and things I learn that pass through my head every day when I face the challenge of doing business. I will also rant on about how great apprenticeships are, and how you can help change peoples lives through them. After all thats how I got to do the great things that I have done, and also I am still an apprentice everyday! All I ask is that if you find it interesting then leave a comment and share what you read. THANK YOU.

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