How to help your teenagers with school and university decision making, even when you’re short on time.

This was first published on http://www.familyfriendlyworking.co.uk , an online repository of advice, news and ideas for working parents. Follow the link to see it in its full original glory with pictures and everything! Compromise. Trade off. Robbing Peter to pay Paul. Burning the candle at both ends. Any way you phrase it, the work-life balance … Continue reading How to help your teenagers with school and university decision making, even when you’re short on time.

After I matriculated from Oxbridge at the age of sixteen I went on to become Jeffrey Archer. (Or why lying on your CV is neither big nor clever.)

As the closing date for UCAS personal statements draws inexorably closer I suspect there's more than a few students who are inwardly wrestling with whether to soften the edges of certain truths to paint a more favourable picture. Whether it's plagiarism, little white lies or enormous, industrial style juggernauts of lies it all comes down … Continue reading After I matriculated from Oxbridge at the age of sixteen I went on to become Jeffrey Archer. (Or why lying on your CV is neither big nor clever.)

What to do if my child doesn’t want to go to university?

If the *shudder* unthinkable happens and you find yourself holding a family meeting with much hand wringing and chest beating it can mean only one thing - your child has confessed to not wanting to go to university. 'How could this happen?', you ask yourself, 'we have books, they eat brie etc etc etc.' Well … Continue reading What to do if my child doesn’t want to go to university?

The Oxbridge interviews loom, how can you best prepare? 8 Top tips.

It is fast approaching 'that time of year' - not Christmas although yes, Christmas of course - gone is the humdrum spookiness of Halloween only to be replaced instantaneously by a cornucopia of tinsel festooned supermarkets, each gaudier than the last and insisting on a live countdown until the damp squib of the day itself. … Continue reading The Oxbridge interviews loom, how can you best prepare? 8 Top tips.

Talk Health Partnership Part Deux (2nd collaborative blog) – What can parents do to help support their kids?

Rather than try and dress this up in a clever way in order to justify the post, please just follow the link and if you enjoy it give it a thumbs up! http://www.talkhealthpartnership.com/blog/2017/11/3-simple-steps-to-help-define-and-secure-your-childs-future-and-take-a-load-off-too/

‘First among equals’ is just a nice idea and a lousy Jeffrey Archer novel as elitism accusations claim more scalps.

As Oxbridge backs into a corner, flitting between meek surrender and cowering under the weight of its own impossibly storied edifice, feebly swatting away the claims of parochial southern elitism another report comes out today about the Clarendon Schools and their propulsion of their pupils to the power elite. Whilst it may well be common … Continue reading ‘First among equals’ is just a nice idea and a lousy Jeffrey Archer novel as elitism accusations claim more scalps.

Just a quickie…

Very pleased and excited to be writing for the Talk Health Partnership with my first article as an affiliate blogger going up yesterday afternoon. Following on from my article on World Mental Health day I got to thinking more and more about how some of the issues around anxiety, pressure, depression and stress that young … Continue reading Just a quickie…

Let’s have a mass debate. (The virtues of reason, composure, oracy and their impact on the opportunities available to their practitioners. And a cheap pun.)

It's been a little while since my last post so I thought I'd take the time to update on what's been happening. Excitingly the book is now printed and I'm the proud owner of several paperbacks with my name written all over them, which is precisely as exciting as I had hoped it would be... … Continue reading Let’s have a mass debate. (The virtues of reason, composure, oracy and their impact on the opportunities available to their practitioners. And a cheap pun.)

It’s World Mental Health Day – too serious for cartoons I’m afraid.

Given the renewed focus in the UK to address years of stigmatising, ignoring or explaining away it is refreshing to see mental health is being acknowledged as an issue worthy of time, money and initiatives. For too long the rote British attitude of 'stiff upper lip' has been the watchword of the many and asking … Continue reading It’s World Mental Health Day – too serious for cartoons I’m afraid.

You can take our sausage rolls but you will never take our freedom!

The other week I wrote about how parents were complaining that schools weren't teaching their kids to swim, stating unequivocally that it was the school's responsibility to do so. That school was about preparing their kids for the future not just passing a maths exam, it was to give them life skills and the tools … Continue reading You can take our sausage rolls but you will never take our freedom!