Floods occur drop by drop.

One article that stood out for me, in the plethora of publications last week was Steven McCaffrey’s “Unionist leaders risk steering Northern Ireland into uncharted waters.” You can read the article here. He charts how RHI faded, and an Irish Language Act came to the fore. He covers Gregory Campbell’s “curry my yoghurt”, and the …

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Dear P7s, Here are some thoughts about transfer tests…

The following is a slightly edited letter I sent to the current P7 classes I had taught in previous years... Hey there P7s!!!! Well you awesome lot, how’s it all going? Christmas is out there… getting excited yet? I had meant to write to you sometime before the first transfer test, but that seemed to …

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Inspections are like first dates.

It is time for an open, more honest conversation. We all agree that everything cannot be changed at once. We all agree that, in principle, development plans are good, and change should be planned and managed. Where this falls apart, is during an inspection, when priorities are asked for, and development plans are explained… and …

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Thriving at Work: some initial thoughts.

On Thursday last (26th October 2017), the Stevenson/Farmer Review of Mental Health and Employers was published, and can be viewed here. This was in response to a commission from Theresa May back in January and was authored by Paul Farmer (‘Mind’ Chief executive) and Dennis Stevenson (mental health campaigner and a former HBOS chair). It’s …

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