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... [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Your future doesn’t have to tick a box for someone else.

People understand what you're talking about if you mention 'The American Dream' - the idea of grabbing yourself by the bootstraps and taking whatever part of the world you want to take hold of and making it yours. Soaring wealth and opportunity are the promise, indeed the birthright of our continental cousins. But talk about [...]

It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming, education’s coming home!

It truly has come to something when our country turns to ex-footballers for ideas about how to reinvigorate or in actual fact re-imagine higher education. I don't say that in any way sneeringly but more often than not, sporting culture is rarely discussed in the same breath as HE. However, that all changes with the [...]

Crucifixion or a shrug? RE no longer taught in over a quarter of England’s secondary schools.

A report released a couple of days ago has decried the absence of a robust RE programme in over a quarter of England's secondary schools. Apparently they are simply not teaching it despite the law stating that they must. The National Association for RE claim that it leaves students unprepared for modern life.  Modern Life. [...]

When it rains it pours…

After last week's gloomy assessment that I might be forever relegated to sitting on the sidelines shouting like an insane street preacher about careers advice (and I still may), there was a break in the weather and I'm happy to report that two buses came along at once. How's that for a mixed metaphor? Today [...]

Frustrated and annoyed by widespread disinterest.

I’ve spent most of of my professional life helping people get jobs. I studied journalism and have a degree in creative writing. I am a published author. I even worked at the BBC. I’ve spent the last three years working at colleges and schools to help with careers and academic decision making. I have contacted [...]

Daily Prompt: Educate. When the value of learning isn’t just about A*s.

via Daily Prompt: Educate Educate. The word itself has taken on such portent, such gravitas, that's it's hard to find a way to brook the subject without being weighed down by Athena's legacy. Or is it? I write most days on a variety of education related matters and through that I've uncovered an unnerving truth, [...]

New year, new you? Or rather new academic year/start of real life – what to do now?

Maybe it's the time of year, maybe it got posted at the wrong hour of the day, who knows, what makes one post soar like an eagle and another sink like the Titanic? My last post didn't get a huge amount of love or views from any quarter and rather than accept defeat graciously I've [...]