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About dp40days

A senior leader in Further and Higher Education, now based in Moray (pronounced "Murray") on the coast of the Scottish Highlands. (I know, I love paradox). We have more sunshine and less rain each year than my previous home in Manchester, and about fifty more distilleries too! You can find me on Twitter as @DP40days. Blogs so far have been mainly about work and travel but frankly, I've been a bit quiet recently. Maybe that's about to change...

1966 and all that

Well, thank goodness that’s all over for another four years: the crescendo and crash of hopefulness; the torn allegiances of head and heart. Football that didn’t come home. At least I can start wearing my waistcoat to work again without … Continue reading

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Tokyo storm warning 

There’s only one thing worse on social media than other people’s holiday pics. And that’s your own holiday pics. Or more specifically, mine. And yet I do now have quite a lot of pics to share. So what to do? … Continue reading

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Hello again. What we can become is quite exciting!

Don’t think that I can’t hear you. Even from this lofty latitude, perched on a coastal shelf alongside the Highlands and Islands, I can still make out the distant mumble of your 1990’s football chant echoing round the end-of-season emptiness … Continue reading

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Seeing the wood for the trees: leading, teaching, supporting

“I can’t see the wood for the trees.” That’s a phrase that has always puzzled me. Which wood are you talking about? You might be thinking that I think too much, but it’s important. And I really like trees. Let me explain. wood … Continue reading

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Trams or Tractors? Tractors or Trams? Twice.

I wrote this (prophetic!) draft blog last Spring. As I’ve almost failed to publish a blog in a month for the first time since I started blogging, I thought I’d better publish it now – as originally drafted but with one … Continue reading

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Route N165: the Road to Teacher Well-being

“I often wonder if the job of leadership is to look after the staff.” Well that’s not something you hear every day. I can sense some of my past leaders snorting at the very idea. That’s the joy of Twitter, I … Continue reading

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More. Less. Better. Clever. Here in the Hay Day of Further Education.

A former colleague of mine retired about ten years ago. When I asked him why he was leaving, he replied with one phrase. “The halcyon days of FE are over,” he said. You may feel that he was a man … Continue reading

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