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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Resilience: what sustains you for the long run?

Slowly, slowly, Lorraine and I are developing a workshop around resilience. It's the buzz word these days, but maybe that's because it's needed; what is the secret to keeping going for the long term? What practices allow you to take what's thrown at you, and in time, bounce back? Of course, the flip side of …

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Diversity and Mutual Understanding

Some sessional freelance work last week, facilitating the DMU course with St Mary's and Stranmillis teaching students, under the care and vast experience of Mary Potter. Important for them, but important for me too, to go back to some fundamental questions. Why is diversity and mutual understanding important? How should a classroom reflect this? What …

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The time to develop relationships gets squeezed.

I learnt quickly, in teaching, that time is a pie chart. You can move the radii around, you can make preparation time bigger, and marking time smaller, you can minimise time spent in meetings and maximise time spent creating resources. You can, for a time, enlarge the pie chart by working harder, but no one …

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