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Three little words

“Nicola has not reached her full potential”, “Nicola could have tried harder”, “Nicola does not apply herself as she could” – anyone else recognise these remarks from your school reports? …

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What’s your hierarchy of needs?

Abraham Maslow’s theory know as the Hierarchy of needs has been around since 1943, and published in his paper ‘A Theory of Human Motivation’. If you work with children and …

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Mental Health First Aid Review

Last week I attended our first Mental Health First Aid course. As it’s not a course I’ve participated in myself I decided to attend along with the other education staff …

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How long is long enough?

How long is long enough to provide the support that vulnerable children need in order to develop? It’s a constant question we ask about our own children, but also from …

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The hunger drive

I’ve been thinking about food and being hungry for some weeks now, not just because I’ve been on a detox…but because it’s come up in lots of different places I’ve …

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Children’s Mental Health Week 2017

Teresa May announced recently her commitment to invest in helping schools to recognise Mental Health issues in their students. A long overdue focus, in my opinion. Having seen for the …

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Social Experiment

This week in our office we’ve been doing a social experiment based on reward systems in schools. It has been a focus for me over the last years to try …

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New Year, New You?

This seems to be the phrase going around at the moment and I’m not sure how I feel about it. There are so many things that it conjures up for …

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Tis the season to be fizzy

Yes, it’s that time of year again when we look forward to the peace of Christmas!! Maybe not. Ok then – the joyfulness of Christmas? Err the eating and drinking …

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The sausage factory of education

I’m continually surprised at how narrow our educational system is. It seems, especially in Secondary education, that we have little room to change our approaches with children and young people. …

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The mixed emotions of adoption

This week is National Adoption Week and as ever it has brought with it very many mixed emotions. I’ve been reading other people’s stories and comments online and my own …

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Wishing our lives away

Nearly five weeks into the academic year and I’m exhausted! Kids are exhausted too and I’ve heard many teachers and parents counting down the weeks if not days to half …

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First week blues

The first week of school is over for most of us. Whether relief or dread it’s gone now and we can reflect on how it might have been. For educators …