Fly me to the moon. Or how science got sexy.

From the moment our forbears first picked up flint and struck fire or constructed a makeshift axe we have been a people of tool users. More than that we have sought out and refined tools that make things easier. It perhaps wouldn't be unkind to suggest that the entirety of humanity's progress has been driven … Continue reading Fly me to the moon. Or how science got sexy.

Pay attention, stop what you’re doing and look at me! New term, same challenges, common sense advice. Careers stuff.

Here it is, the new academic term has begun and for teachers, parents and students with enquiring minds, the question that should always be rattling around is, 'where is this going?' That is to say, whilst learning for its own sake is an invaluable, worthy and hoped for goal, learning to boxtick arbitrary governmental measures … Continue reading Pay attention, stop what you’re doing and look at me! New term, same challenges, common sense advice. Careers stuff.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the Sports Hall. (GCSEs are here again…)

Doesn't time fly? I can hardly believe that once more a querulous cohort of GCSE students are being ushered begrudgingly into sports halls up and down the country with the weight and expectations of their parents resting heavy upon their slender adolescent shoulders. I remember only vaguely at this vantage point my own GCSE experiences, … Continue reading Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the Sports Hall. (GCSEs are here again…)

New article published by Teachwire.

Hello, bloggy peeps, despite going quiet for a few days I'm back with aplomb - a lovely new article that's just gone live on Teachwire.net all about careers, it's a bit combative but that only reflects my frustration so bear with it. https://www.teachwire.net/news/careers-education-in-schools-is-stuck-in-the-past-and-is-failing-students

Continuous and conspicuous lack of media interest in reporting largely terrible careers advice in schools.

I hate to be the Debbie Downer on the rainless parade of the careers and education firmament but a few weeks on from Careers Week and several months after the launch of the new Careers Strategy and still radio silence. Both literally and metaphorically. It's a weird situation. I don't believe that I am the … Continue reading Continuous and conspicuous lack of media interest in reporting largely terrible careers advice in schools.

1 today, my gurgling, gurning, dribbly birthday blog.

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday dear Edducan blah blah blah. Yes, it's true - one year ago today I set up my blog in the hope that it would reach a small but indifferent audience and I'm delighted to report that in that goal I have succeeded beyond my wildest … Continue reading 1 today, my gurgling, gurning, dribbly birthday blog.

Further adventures in hi-fi.

Hey gang! As part of my shameless self promotion I've been hitting the publicity trail as hard as I can. Naturally there's a reluctance on behalf of many media outlets to speak to me. Or even really acknowledge my emails, but I suspect this has everything to do with their fear of being exposed as … Continue reading Further adventures in hi-fi.

STEM careers, not just jobs for the boys.

I was very pleased to have been asked to respond to an article that Relocate Magazine were putting together regarding STEM careers and specifically the disconnect between the genders when it came to studying it in Higher Education. As a father to a daughter and with a mother in law who has a Masters in … Continue reading STEM careers, not just jobs for the boys.

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.)