Month: July 2017

macbeth

“I will take it like a man but first I must feel it like a man” (Shakespeare’s Macbeth)

In the last week or so I have been ruminating on the importance of not denying pain and suffering. On Tuesday it was my second child’s 13th birthday and in the sunshine our whole family were greatly enjoying an aqua park. As my two older children were wake boarding and my younger children were bouncing …

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thumbs up

Let’s ensure that those we care for are not constantly straining for our approval

My message to parents, teachers, tutors & pastoral leaders is to ‘let children feel approved‘. I think this is a foundational principle of effective pastoral leadership. It’s the summer holidays! As teachers across our land rest at the end of a busy / full on year – purposeful reflection is now key. It’s our hearts …

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schools out

We reach the end of term….

James finishes the year speaking at a number of school prize givings: Blundell’s Prep, St Lawrence College, Ramsgate, West Buckland School, Truro Prep, Hurst, Dulwich Prep School, Vinehall, Walhampton and Hilden Oaks. Over the summer period the team are completing a 1:1 mentoring booklet ready for a pilot trial next term as well as launching …

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big heart

A Big Heart

Two things in the last week really struck me. On Friday evening I found myself at a smart formal dinner. At this event there were 4 speeches: 3 were heavily scripted and the speakers spoke directly from their notes, and the 4th the speaker had no notes and simply spoke from the heart. I particularly …

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