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 [...]

Educating the Whole Person

By | 2017-06-23T16:15:41+00:00 23rd June, 2017|Blog, Education, Families, Teenagers|

I have three teenagers, and I’m always wrestling my thoughts on how best to prepare them for independent adult life. It concerns me that our schools don’t provide any real-life skills training for them and that the world outside of school requires more than an ‘academic’ qualification to survive and thrive. The world they are [...]

Three Deadly Poisons for Teenagers Today

By | 2017-05-20T10:15:02+00:00 20th May, 2017|Blog, Education, Families, Teenagers|

There are three metaphorical poisons that produce a deadly cocktail for teenagers in the 21st century. 1. Our toxic 21st century definition of success that is based on achievement, money, appearance, fame and power. This creates a culture whereby we are constantly comparing ourselves with others and it can make teenagers feel inadequate, inferior and [...]

A School that Built Character, Well-being and Life Skills into the Curriculum

By | 2018-01-17T11:14:19+00:00 9th May, 2017|Education, Families, Headteachers|

Fair Isle Primary School has been awarded Lighthouse status in the Leader in Me for successful implementation of a leadership process for their staff and pupils. The first school in the UK to receive this prestigious award, and the third in Europe, headteacher Mrs. Rae Walker explains how they did it. Fair Isle primary school [...]

‘The Times They Are a-Changing’

By | 2017-05-08T15:21:27+00:00 8th May, 2017|Blog, Education, Families, Headteachers, Teenagers, University|

Results – The name of the game. In the September edition of Surrey’s Elmbridge magazine - blazed across the cover was the headline ‘the Top Ten Independent Schools in your Area’. Because I’m passionate about improving our education system, I quickly thumbed to the article which was written by an Ofsted inspector. The article had [...]