On Sunday, I’m off to Freetown as part of a British Council ‘Connecting Classrooms’ visit, meeting up again with our partner schools, our friends and our teacher colleagues in Sierra Leone. We have an ambitious objective. (Actually, we’ve several, but for the purposes of this blog, I’ll stick to this one). We’re going to try… Read More Teaching Schools International
“Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.” Judy Garland. Last week, I had a meeting with the manager of a local community centre. As so often happens when those now out of the education system meet someone who’s very much in it, they begin to… Read More Be Yourself.
This week, we hope to book the flights for the teachers and pupils who will arrive in Liverpool on 6th June 2019. In the weeks that follow, we will go into negotiations on how that itinerary in June will be organised. We will do this is the spirit of unity and friendship, determined to set… Read More Dear Friends,
The above picture is from a TalkTalk advert currently adorning a reputable bus stop near you. It makes a virtue of multi-tasking (with the focus on the mother by the way. No Dad in the picture). Multi-tasking? Well, my Mum certainly used to multi-task when I was a toddler, but one of those ‘tasks’ was… Read More Talking and TalkTalk
Manchester United have played five games since sacking their manager, Jose Mourinho, and they’ve won them all. Coincidence maybe, but one thing seems to be certain. Jose has not been missed at Old Trafford. And why would he be? For me, Mourinho says a lot about the wrong kind of leadership, out of fashion not… Read More Bye Bye Jose.
Ten years ago, I had a mini-meltdown. Actually, it was a bit more than that and, like many people, I tried to put it down to feeling inadequate, telling myself to snap out of it. But it was a cocktail of stress and depression. I had a number of days away from school and then… Read More Ten Years After
Predictions of our earth’s future are often full of doom-laden and eschatological (fantastic word by the way) hyperbole. ‘12 years to limit climate change catastrophe’, ‘Planet on the brink of destruction’ Climate sceptics cry ‘Project Fear’ and carry on gas-guzzling. Last week, there were great grounds for optimism after thevisit of author Arlene Gormley to… Read More 2030: Not a Fairytale.