Families

A Flawed System that Punishes our Schools

By | 2018-09-07T15:12:46+00:00 7th September, 2018|Blog, Education, Families, Headteachers, Teachers, Teenagers|

If you asked any headteacher in the UK who the most important stakeholder in their school is – they would unanimously reply; the pupil. They wholeheartedly believe that the purpose of their school is to provide the best possible education for each child. However, recent data from the government shows that many schools are encouraging [...]

Why Leader in Me?

By | 2018-09-05T19:42:31+00:00 23rd August, 2018|Blog, Education, Families, Headteachers, Teachers|

I’ve been involved in education for almost 30 years and have seen many initiatives arrive with huge promise only to fizzle out and completely disappear a few years later. The first Leader in Me school was started by headteacher Muriel Summers in 1999 and now there are over 4000 Leader in Me schools in more [...]

What Children Need to Thrive

By | 2018-06-28T14:20:38+00:00 28th June, 2018|Blog, Families, Headteachers|

Good academic results in school or university will no longer guarantee employability or a successful career. Family life is also facing ever increasing pressures with the influence of technology, reduced family time and the lack of strong positive role models for the young. Furthermore, schools have to deal with many challenges over and above their [...]

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 [...]