Are we in danger of losing the very soul of primary education? I’ve thought this a lot over the last few years, as a hostile target culture has kidnapped traditional primary education and handed it over to bureaucrats and talentless technocrats. We really are in danger of ruining what should be a gradual introduction to… Read More School Soul
‘Music has the power to change the world, because it can change people.’ (Bono) This is a such a powerful quote. However, as we complete our week here in Freetown/Waterloo, Sierra Leone, I would want to take it further. Because what happens when people have been changed by music? What does it cause them to… Read More In Harmony Abroad
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.