Lifelong learning – are you with me?

Lifelong learning – are you with me?

It wasn’t until many years after leaving school did I realise I belonged to a special group – those who never want to stop learning. Being open to lifelong learning, whether it’s for the workplace or just because, means you stay open minded, curious...
The best laid plans …

The best laid plans …

Ending a year is a good time to reflect and 2021 should be no exception! The theme of this year should surely be ‘the best laid plans’ as I’m sure many of you reading this will have had to cancel or postpone at least a couple of things you planned...
What about all that lost learning?

What about all that lost learning?

In an unprecedented situation like a pandemic, there is much to discuss.  What about all that lost learning?  What about exams?  What about catch up opportunities?  Or even, what’s happened about my dental appointment? I came across this table the other day and...
New term, new shoes and new opportunities!

New term, new shoes and new opportunities!

This time of year always makes me think of when I was growing up and how much I enjoyed the new term, new shoes and new opportunities!  There was just something about the smell of highly polished leather, a new crisp uniform straight from the packet and, of course, a...
Where to start with ‘Tissue’?

Where to start with ‘Tissue’?

Where to start with ‘Tissue’?  If you’re studying the Power and Conflict anthology as part of your AQA GCSE English Literature, or have studied it in the past, you’ll be familiar with the poem ‘Tissue’ written by Imtiaz Dharker....
How much difference can a GREAT teacher make?

How much difference can a GREAT teacher make?

Whether you left school 5,10 or even 40 years ago (like me), how much difference can a GREAT teacher make?  Do you remember particular teachers?  Some for all the right reasons, some for the wrong reasons.  I know I do! On National Teachers Day 2021, I’ve been...