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Exciting Times Ahead!

It is with a mix of great sadness and great excitement that I have handed in my resignation at Heathfield Primary today. As most people will know, I was Acting Head there for a chunk of last year up until December 31st 2011. Heathfield is on an exciting journey and I wish everyone there (both pupils and staff) the very best in their quest for constant improvement. However, I believe that the time is right for me to move on, in fact, I believe that the time is right for Heathfield to move on without me now too. I have enjoyed over three fantastic years at Heathfield and indeed it was this move to Heathfield that re-ignited my passion for learning. Heathfield Primary School has left a HUGE imprint on my life and I just hope that I have made a difference to the pupils who have passed through Heathfield over the last three years.

So… What next?

I am delighted to announce that I have accepted an offer to become the Head teacher at a small Primary school in The Dales covering a maternity leave from February 1st to August 31st. This position is for three days per week leaving me two days per week to work on freelance projects. I don’t want to name the school yet as they haven’t made the announcement yet.

I am now REALLY looking forward to working in schools with teachers and pupils developing REAL learning opportunities for pupils including (of course ) blogging and supporting schools launch blogging in a way that will make writing irresistible for learners.

Here is an outline of how I could help the learning in your school have more impact:

    • Launch, develop and embed blogging in your school or cluster
    • Develop learning experiences to engage your reluctant boy writers. My Year 6 boys wrote around 70,000 wordseach in one year on their blogs
    • Support staff through flexible planning sessions
    • Work with staff in the classroom modeling outstanding learning experiences
    • Train staff/clusters on developing a toolkit for tomorrow’s learners
    • Consultation and future planning of technology at your school

My ‘Writing for Boys’ Pandora project is a 6 week project over 5 or 6 days that will inspire your boys to write beyond expected levels. Contact me to find out more. I have dates available from January 2012 to come to your schools and work with YOUR pupils and staff.

If you are interested in working with me, please find out more here.

October 29, 2012


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  1. Lesley Simm
    October 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    Congratulations David. You have certainly inspired over the last few months!

    • mitchell
      October 29, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

      Thank you Lesley!! Exciting times!!

  2. Jerry Thomas
    October 29, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    Congratulations to you! Your new challenge looks very exciting. I’m sure you will be sadly missed.

    • mitchell
      October 29, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

      Thank you. Well, I will miss Heathfield, the pupils and the staff! But the time is right!

  3. AnnMarie Delaney
    October 29, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    I thought you’d be progressing with your journey before too long! You’re bound to make a success of both ‘projects’. AM

    • mitchell
      October 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

      Thanks AnnMarie, I’m very excited about the prospect of learning new things and this combination should allow me to do that!

  4. ebd35
    October 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    Huge congratulations David!! I’m sure you will be missed by Heathfields but oh what exciting times it sounds like there is in your future!
    Looking forward to catching up and congratulating you in person soon!

  5. Mark Darling
    October 29, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    Congratulations Deputy… or should we say Head. Well deserved!

  6. Barbara Calvert
    October 29, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    Quite excited that you are moving to the Dales – I teach just outside the Dales – maybe we will get to meet at some time. I certainly wish you luck in your new venture. Blogging has already taken off in the Dales – in fact that is where I learnt how to build my own blog, which I have now helped all the teachers in my school to do!

  7. gill budgell
    October 29, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    Congratulations David! Great news and look forward to visiting you in your new school- enjoy your farewells at Heathfield.

    • mitchell
      October 29, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

      Thanks Gill, I have been on an exciting journey over the last 3 years and hope this journey continues now in a different context.

  8. Rachel
    October 30, 2012 at 6:53 am #

    Congratulations, David. What an exciting announcement. Enjoy.

  9. Daniel Stucke
    October 30, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    Good luck David and see you soon 😉

  10. Steve Griffiths
    October 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    Well done David, give me a ring would like to here more

    • mitchell
      October 30, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

      Hi Steve, are you around tomorrow night? (Wednesday)?

  11. Steph Ladbrooke
    October 30, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    Congratulations David – sounds really exciting! I looking forward to reading more about what’s next…

    • mitchell
      October 30, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

      Thanks Steph! Quite a lot of interest with working in schools supporting teachers develop creative approaches to learning. Just down my street! 🙂

  12. Oliver Quinlan
    October 31, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    Congratulations David! I look forward to continuing to follow your story.

    • mitchell
      October 31, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

      Thanks Oliver! So am I!!!

      The word that I keep repeating is ‘excited’. I’m really looking forward to what lies ahead!

  13. Nicola Darling
    October 31, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    Wow Congratulations! What an exciting move although I’m sure you will be missed… You have certainly reinspired my teaching and it’s fantastic that you are going to be helping to do that with so many others! Look forward to finding out how things go 🙂

    • mitchell
      October 31, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

      Thanks Nicola! Really appreciate those words. Although it is tempting to move onto something else, I can’t ignore the fact that SO MANY pupils don’t have the opportunity to have a voice and an audience. My personal mission to bring this to as many pupils as possible just got serious!

  14. Liz Garton
    November 2, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    Congratulations David, you have been an inspiration and I look forward to following your progress.

  15. Steve Philp
    November 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    I’m delighted that you’re going to be a headteacher – I think it’s far more important to have a significant impact on a small group of learners and adults than a fleeting impact on many.

    • mitchell
      November 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

      Thanks Steve! I hope to mix the two up. Looking forward to it!!


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