‘That hideous tie so kindly meant’ John Betjeman. During his time as Chief Inspector of Schools (2002-2006), Sir David Bell was once asked what he missed most about being in school. A former teacher himself, he recalled that, no matter how bad things were going or how down you might be feeling, a young person […]
– how schools can make the difference. We live in a rapidly changing world. A world in which, statisticians claim, 80% of the jobs our children will do have not yet been invented. (more…)
& The Art of Asking Brilliant questions. I’ve been living on a wing and a prayer and if you don’t know where you’re going any road’ll take you there. George Harrison Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves… Live the questions now. Perhaps you […]
Another of my headteacher friends has received the dreaded OFSTED call. I always resisted the temptation to train for the Inspectorate as I just couldn’t imagine being someone schools dreaded hearing from; whom, when in school, staff avoided like the plague; and whose leaving was celebrated with a party! Don’t get me wrong, some of […]
Why is it that when you eat a 2lb box of chocolates you appear to put on 5lbs!? I always struggled with maths and this hasn’t helped.
So January, the month of resolution, has finally passed. Looking back over the year, I was saddened to read of the death of Nobel Peace Prize-Winner, Professor Wangari Maathai. Four years ago, it was my great privilege to welcome and introduce the professor to 1000 delegates at a National Education Conference in Denver, Colorado. She […]