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.)
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.
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 … Continue reading New year, new you? Or rather new academic year/start of real life – what to do now?
With all the kerfuffle around numerical rather than alphabetical grading for the GCSE results, the widespread panic about hordes of students' papers needing to be re-marked, the screwing of the pooch when it comes to gaming the system with 'controlled assessment', this Thursday is going to throw up any number of question marks, surprises and … Continue reading Take heart, GCSEs aren’t the bogeyman you may think.
'Life's a journey not a destination', so sang Aerosmith, whether you buy into their laidback drug fuelled rhetoric or not, it's not a bad motto to carry with you. Highers results are out today, A Levels are around the corner and as the expectation mounts so too does the pressure. If you get or indeed … Continue reading Just know even if your exam results aren’t what you expected, it’ll still be okay, you still have options.
As the imperial death march intones in their sub-conscious, the school leavers of 2017 are a Schrödinger's cat of sorts, where by they have both passed and failed their A levels and the truth is only a short hop away from revealing itself. It's like breaking something valuable that belongs to an irascible parent and … Continue reading What happens if your A levels aren’t what you hoped for? What to do when it goes wrong in your exams. Keep calm and carry on.
Water is often used in metaphors, there's something poetic about the thrilling crest of a wave or the azure tranquillity of a hazy pond on a summer's day. Less often have poets used the metaphor of swimming lessons in schools. Today I seek to address that shortfall. Swimming lessons in school are a perfect metaphor … Continue reading School swimming lessons – a perfect metaphor for hands off parenting.
It's been a few days since I last posted anything, which is not only unlike me but is made starker still by the fact that things have actually been happening. Justine Greening has discovered £1.3 Billion down the back of the sofa, which whilst heartening, smacks of carelessness in the first place but never let … Continue reading Debate goes on da-hook. (Jamaican angling pun masks lofty intent regarding debating in schools)
So here it is, the last few weeks of the academic year has begun circling the drain and thoughts will have turned to long lazy days luxuriating in that way only the youthful can, with a supreme sense of self and the innate knowledge they will change the world. After the holidays. It is also … Continue reading The EPQ, make it relevant, make it topical, make it count.
Have I lost it entirely? Am I the lone voice here? It was my understanding that schools up and down the UK are struggling to make ends meet. That they are in essence broke. Kaput. On their arses. Yet I've just read an article that has stated that the Welsh government have made a promise … Continue reading Welsh rareglot.