Leader in Me

By | 2018-05-29T11:39:42+00:00 29th May, 2018|Blog, Education, Headteachers|

I am writing this whilst flying from Phnom Penh to Saigon, it's a 40-minute flight which allows me to reflect on my travels. I’ve had the luxury of bonding with my 18-year-old son Elliot in Cambodia and Vietnam for 10 days. We got to experience some vibrant cities; the temples of Angkor, beautiful islands and [...]

Be The Change

By | 2018-05-17T13:16:44+00:00 17th May, 2018|Blog, Education, Headteachers|

This summer half a million teenagers are taking Michael Gove’s new tougher GCSE’s that are big on rote learning and memorising excessive volumes of facts. Course work has gone and teaching to the test has reached epidemic levels. The harsh reality is that this new emphasis on increased academic rigour and memorising ever increasing amounts [...]

The Dutch Golden Mean

By | 2018-04-09T08:42:57+00:00 5th April, 2018|Blog, Education, Headteachers, Teenagers|

One of the major differences between Dutch and British schools is that we focus much more narrowly on academic achievement. Imbedded in the Dutch psychic is the golden mean philosophy that emphasizes the healthy median of moral behaviour. It warns against extremes – at one end excess, at the other deficiency. Barnaby Lenon, chairman of [...]

Three Things Important in Education: Mental Health, Mental Health, Mental Health

By | 2017-12-15T10:41:23+00:00 13th December, 2017|Blog, Education, Families, Headteachers, University|

Successful living requires purpose. Without purpose there is no sense of resolve or determination, no reason for which something is to be learnt or done. In saying this, what is the purpose of our education system? Surely, it’s not to get children to solely excel at exams, develop superior intellectual powers or accumulate large sums [...]

Playing Russian Roulette with our Mental Health

By | 2017-12-13T08:50:31+00:00 4th December, 2017|Blog, Education, Families, Headteachers, University|

Something has gone drastically wrong in the last 25 years. We are in a national crisis. And it’s reached a critical state where our country’s mental health is under the spot light and undeniably of great national importance. The issues are only going to escalate over time if not tackled. But, what are the root causes and how do we find [...]

Developing Leaders to Create an Outstanding School

By | 2017-10-11T14:24:58+00:00 11th October, 2017|Blog, Education, Families, Headteachers|

Edinburgh is fast becoming my second home. We have 13 ‘Leader in Me’ schools within 45 minutes’ drive from the vibrant Scottish capital. On a recent trip, I trained the full staff of Ormiston Primary School as they started their second year of the ‘Leader in Me’ implementation. My last visit to the school had [...]

Character Trumps Academics 

By | 2017-09-22T10:12:50+00:00 22nd September, 2017|Education, Families, Headteachers, Teenagers|

During August, I travelled around the country delivering the ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ course to teachers. On the 17th of August, the day of A-level results, I delivered this training programme in one of England’s top independent schools and met with the headmaster afterwards. He was likable and inspiring, however, in high stress [...]

Kings’ School Winchester – Our 7 Habits Journey

By | 2017-06-23T16:11:26+00:00 23rd June, 2017|Blog, Education, Headteachers|

Kings’ is a highly successful secondary school that achieves outstanding academic results and we pride ourselves on doing a good job of preparing our pupils for life beyond secondary school. Balancing our academic provision with a diverse range of extra-curricular activities, trips, Business and Enterprise opportunities as well as career advice. It would therefore be [...]