Are you trying to seduce me, Mrs. Milkround? (Graduate schemes, it’s obviously about graduate schemes.)

So, July is upon us, exam season is over for one cohort but the real challenges are still yet to come. For many now is the time of year when you'll be starting to consider your longer term career options, post university. Now, apologies I couldn't get to you when you were 15 and still … Continue reading Are you trying to seduce me, Mrs. Milkround? (Graduate schemes, it’s obviously about graduate schemes.)

What now? Really? *Shakes head* (GCSE shake up leaves everyone sweary and annoyed. And confused.)

When is a pass not a pass? When a lump headed dilettante starts dicking around with stuff they don't understand. As if life today weren't tough enough, as if there wasn't already too much uncertainty, stress and anxiety facing every student, or, ┬áindeed pretty much every person in the UK, we've only gone and piled … Continue reading What now? Really? *Shakes head* (GCSE shake up leaves everyone sweary and annoyed. And confused.)

Talent pool not gene pool?

The flickering flames of the candelabra briefly illuminate the antique silverware on the crisp, white linen sheets laid over the magnificent oak table. The rich, scent of cherrywood tobacco hangs in a delicate plume over the stately room. Beneath that fug, young captains of industry salute one another's wealth as they carve up the world … Continue reading Talent pool not gene pool?

Bonjour, tout le monde!

It is a widely acknowledged fact that we Brits are bloody savages, an imperialist nation who many years after ransacking the world continue to believe that to make ourselves understood simply requires shouting, unconnected hand gestures and a pith helmet. If in doubt yell the same thing louder and slower. If someone was screaming in … Continue reading Bonjour, tout le monde!

To BA or not to BA (Part 2) – don’t gamble with your happiness.

When it comes to university there's definitely a polarising barrier between the old school and the emerging new schools of thought regarding its benefits. I've frequently mouthed off and objected to the 'university regardless' approach that is still being peddled by so many schools up and down the country but a recently released survey, the … Continue reading To BA or not to BA (Part 2) – don’t gamble with your happiness.

No sex education please, we’re British.

It is my firmly believed assumption that anytime you find yourself on the other side of an argument that UKIP is espousing you are on very solid ground. However, even by their cave dwelling, prehistoric brand of pugnacious idiocy I was startled to see them railing against Sex and Relationship Education classes as being the … Continue reading No sex education please, we’re British.

Privileged elite seek to denigrate personal ambition as tacky(ish).

The Telegraph ran a piece today in their Education section about a group of 20 - 30 somethings preaching about the value of giving away their money to charities, 'earning to give' is how they phrase it. A noble ambition and certainly a number of careers can be both socially fulfilling and financially rewarding. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/0/dont-follow-passion-think-twice-medicine-new-rules-choosing/Continue reading Privileged elite seek to denigrate personal ambition as tacky(ish).

All in favour say Aye (think you’re all missing the point)

As the general election approaches there has been an enormous amount of promises, guarantees and quid pro quos offered, mooted and suggested. Indeed there have been any number of inducements offered up to the electorate gods to curry favour. A lot of talk has been about education, the funding crisis and so on - but … Continue reading All in favour say Aye (think you’re all missing the point)

What I did during the holidays… (the importance of work experience)

What did you do? It's a genuine question. What did you do? You had a week off, so what did you do? The biggest complaint I get from students is that they don't have enough time to do anything. They are always so busy. What that means in reality is that they have a certain … Continue reading What I did during the holidays… (the importance of work experience)

Why taking kids out of school is terrible (unless I do it) Part 2 – Or why Trump should have been taken to Rome more when he was a kid.

Okay, so whilst I can't say that our city break was a cultural tour de force that precisely justifies the decision to take our eldest out of school for a few days - I can say that I think it benefited everyone. I spoke before about how travel can broaden one's horizons and counter-intuitively shrink … Continue reading Why taking kids out of school is terrible (unless I do it) Part 2 – Or why Trump should have been taken to Rome more when he was a kid.