How do you live with change?

May 6, 2020 1

How do you live with change? I lived over twenty-one years in the Sultanate of Oman. I loved the consistency of the weather. Every day I would wake up and the sun was shining. If it wasn’t, it was still warm or hot. That was the extent of the seasons: warm, hot or very hot, […]

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We cannot must not go back

April 21, 2020 0

We cannot must not go back Education experts in a range of settings around the world were unanimous on this point in last week’s WISE online conference: Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined. This blog is a digest of session 3 of the conference. Kiran Bir Sethi (Design for Change) suggested we spend too much time at […]

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In the words of John Ssentamu

April 9, 2020 0

In the words of John Ssentamu Sometimes you meet someone online who captures your imagination and with whom you build up a rapport. John Ssentamu is one such person. I responded to a comment he made on LinkedIn regarding values. We exchanged messages and I sent him a copy of our book, Values and Visions. […]

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Living without?

April 1, 2020 0

Living without? Living the day without the rest of the world – when we included in our book this tried and tested activity devised by Oxfam back in the late 80s, little did I think I would actually be trying to do it. But now I am in many ways, as are most of us. […]

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Covid-19 and schools

March 27, 2020 0

Covid 19 and schools I am involved with a Multi-Academy Trust in a very deprived inner-city area.  I am concerned about all families at this time, but my sleepless nights are focused on our children in our community. Over the last few days, the Trust Board, headteachers and all other school-based staff have had to […]

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Let us not forget

March 23, 2020

Let us not forget Am I too self-absorbed? I have been thinking a lot about how the corona virus (just think, most of us never even knew that word at the start of the year) is affecting me, my family, my friends around the world. However, two things have hit me in the past twenty-four […]

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How are you feeling?

March 20, 2020

How are you feeling? How are you feeling? Somebody asked me that this morning and I stopped to think. How do I feel? Confused, was the first word that came to mind. Unmotivated, uncreative. I want to do practical things: painting, sanding, repairing, mending, constructing. I can’t write. I feel I should be writing wise […]

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Preparing for futures unknown

November 6, 2019 0

Preparing for futures unknown “Knowledge is changing so fast that we cannot give young people what they will need to know because we do not know what it will be” Guy Claxton. This, by now, well-known quote in many ways sums up the challenges faced by education today. From a personal point of view, it […]

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It is finished!

March 14, 2019 0

It is finished! Last week, Values and Visions went to press. After three years of writing, editing, drafting, re-drafting, sourcing images, seeking permissions trialling, adjusting according to feedback and everything else that you forget goes into producing a book of this type, Values and Visions was dispatched last week to become an e-book and a […]

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A New Year’s Message to Inspire

January 9, 2019 0

A New Year’s Message to Inspire This week I received the new year’s message from Avaaz, an organisation I support and greatly admire. Their message could have come straight out of Values and Visions. Ricken Patel says, “Powerful forces are moving in our world. It feels like much is waiting to be born, both great […]

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