Education

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 [...]

Living and Modelling the School Values

By | 2018-08-28T13:08:56+00:00 22nd August, 2018|Blog, Education, Headteachers|

What are your school values? Some of the usual suspects are; respect, trust, integrity, responsibility, self-discipline, compassion, perseverance and tolerance. Many schools are proud of their school values because they are meaningful to them and the collaborative effort it has taken to create them. Some schools pedal these values as their character education programme and [...]

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 [...]