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The political energy of our young...

General Fri, 11 Mar 2022 08:37

It’s not often that I feel energised and inspired on a wet Monday night in February, but that was exactly how I was left feeling recently after...

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Leaders of Steel

Leadership Fri, 04 Mar 2022 08:54

It’s a sobering realisation to know that I started to learn some of the fundamentals of economics in the heady time of the 1980s! In a...

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A system fuelled by love

Early Help & Families Fri, 25 Feb 2022 10:02

The Behind Closed Doors preface ends with the statement “I explore an alternative: a system built on a strong supportive society and fuelled...

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The recruitment and retention...

Workforce Fri, 18 Feb 2022 09:23

When I was asked to write the ADCS blog for the Eastern region, I inevitably thought about some of the challenges that we are facing in my own...

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What's it all about?

Leadership Fri, 11 Feb 2022 08:54

I can’t have been the only Director of Children’s Services who was saddened and disappointed at the targeting of social workers and colleague...

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‘So let us not return to what was...

Education Fri, 04 Feb 2022 09:57

As many will know from my work with the ADCS Educational Achievement (EA) Policy Committee, my passion for levelling up and enhancing the role of...

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Can I level up with you!?

General Fri, 28 Jan 2022 09:31

Blackburn with Darwen, set within the heart of Pennine Lancashire, has high levels of structural inequality that impact on the communities that...

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Must do, nice to do, hope it goes...

General Fri, 21 Jan 2022 09:28

It feels like the Christmas break was a very long time ago now, but as it’s still January I think I can just about get away with wishing...

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We see you...

General Fri, 14 Jan 2022 09:40

I’m not sure what the collective noun for DCSs is; an exhaustion, a wisdom, a confusion, a compassion, or perhaps it’s a “solidarity of...

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Duty of optimism

General Fri, 07 Jan 2022 08:58

Well, goodbye 2021, I can’t say that I am sad to see that year go. Indeed the year has been scattered with sadness through the suffering and...

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