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The Restless School


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Roy Blatchford is Director of the National Education Trust ( Previously he was Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools (HMI) in England, with national responsibilities for school improvement and for the inspection of outstanding schools. Roy has extensive experience of writing inspection frameworks, nationally and internationally, and has inspected and reviewed over 800 schools and colleges in the UK and Europe, USA, Middle East and India. Roy was Principal of Walton High and Walton Learning Centre in Milton Keynes, opened in September 1999 and described by Ofsted as a first-class centre of learning innovative and inspiring. He was Founding Director (1996 1998) of Reading Is Fundamental, UK, a non-profit organisation developing children's reading and family literacy. From 1986 1996 he was Headteacher of Bicester Community College, an Oxfordshire comprehensive school serving 1200+ 11-19 year old students. He spent 13 years teaching in inner-London schools, youth and adult services, and has for 30 years been a trainer and speaker with schools, teachers, leaders, parents and governors on English and literacy, raising student achievement, curriculum development, school improvement, leadership and innovation. He has served as an adviser to various governments, most recently as Deputy Chair/Chair of Drafting Group of the DfE Teachers Standards Review. Roy has worked with HM Prison Service, the NHS and the Arts Council in a number of voluntary capacities, and is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. He is the author/editor of over 150 books and is a regular contributor to the national media. Recent books include Sparkling Classrooms, The 2012 Teachers Standards and Taking forward the Primary Curriculum.


"In this thought provoking book Roy Blatchford draws on 40 years of wide ranging experience within the UK and international education systems in order to capture the essence of successful schools." Brian Lightman, General Secretary, Association of School and College Leaders "Blatchford sets teachers, schools and their leaders a standard that's terrifying in prospect, yet assuredly attainable if we can just maintain our courage, commitment and determination - our professionalism, indeed, as he stresses. Inspired by this remarkable small handbook of school excellence, I don't see how we can avoid accepting and confronting the challenge. It would be rude not to!" Bernard Trafford, Headmaster, Royal Grammar School, Newcastle "I wish I had read The Restless School in the early days of my teaching - indeed at any stage of my teaching. In a short and pacy book I found distilled everything that matters, all expressed in a generous, open and wise way. And it puts a spring in your step." Jonathan Smith, author of The Learning Game

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