‘Leaders have not…’ Ofsted Chants from the Football Terraces.


Originally posted on OldPrimaryHead:

‘I was just saying to your colleague, the referee has got me the sack, thank him ever so much for that, won’t you?’

England’s Graham Taylor to a linesman

School leadership is under fire. I have read a ‘horde of tweets’ recently that are critical of it. Everyone is a referee nowadays. Ironically, I have written a blog for @tes this week that puts the blame for the current ‘bleak’ education climate firmly at the doorstep of the head teacher. Never has the mantle of the leader been more fragile or unstable.

I am a season ticket holder (with my 10 year old son) at Bristol City. A season that started full of hope has disintegrated in to one of looming relegation. The ground is a toxic place to be and my son, who could not wait for the games, is now making excuses not to go. He gets upset when he hears the barrage of abuse aimed at the very small and lonely figure of Lee Johnson, the Bristol City manager, as he stands on the touchline in the rain. He can not understand how anyone can feel such rage and hate towards someone who only wants to succeed. He does not understand why people shout at him when a player misses a penalty. At yesterdays game we hit the post twice, had a perfectly good goal disallowed, had the ball kicked off the goal line three times and missed a penalty. The lines between success and failure are very thin…

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