School Inspector befouls school running track.

Very rarely do I have what anyone might reasonably describe as a good news story to report when it comes to education, which is why when I woke to this morning's news I was thunderstruck. I still can't entirely work out the why of it all but I knew that this was something very special … Continue reading School Inspector befouls school running track.

New year, same as the old year? How a year on little has changed when it comes to careers advice in education.

As I reflect on a year's worth of grumbling, promoting my book and going into schools and colleges it occurs to me that other than minor hair loss very little has changed. Sure the sun has risen and set, the moon waxed and waned, Trump has Trumped but otherwise the status quo has pretty much … Continue reading New year, same as the old year? How a year on little has changed when it comes to careers advice in education.

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.

Draw your own future? Draw your own conclusions about the state of careers advice in this country.

When I ask my children what they want to be when they grow up, their responses change on an almost quotidian basis. My 4 year old wants to be a scientist to find a cure for cancer, then be an astronaut and then somewhat quixotically become a Power Ranger. My 7 year old wants to … Continue reading Draw your own future? Draw your own conclusions about the state of careers advice in this country.

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.

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/

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.