Competition – curse or cure?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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Reward schemes in schools are probably one of the most thwart with perils area that we deal with as adoptive parents and also in my workshops with schools. The level of competition and judgment that comes from the sticker charts, the star of the week, the I’ve had a better chance then you in life […]

What song are you singing?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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‘Alas for the one that never sings but dies with their songs still in them’ – unknown. This was a quote used by the host of a business conference I was at recently and it’s stuck with me since then. I do love to sing but I don’t believe this is about being able to […]

Feeling displaced

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I’ve been attending a Church in our town for the last 28 years. I was 17 years old when we first arrived there and it has been my spiritual home since then. I’ve been through the trials of establishing a career, relationships highs and lows, even three years I spent abroad felt like I was […]

Can we be both happy and certain?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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Years ago things seemed to be so much more certain. You went to school, studied, got good exam results, went to Uny, got a job, married, kids – set for life. I’m not sure if it ever was really like that, but that’s how it appeared. Particularly in terms of jobs – a ‘job for […]

Which wolf are you feeding?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I saw a really interesting film recently – Tomorrow Land starring George Clooney. One of the thoughts they used throughout the film was based on an old Cherokee story: One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two […]

Tips for transition from Primary to Secondary

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My youngest moves from Year 6 in Primary to Year 7 in September which is causing much anxiety for him presently. As his two older siblings have gone through this journey, which you would think might help – it actually doesn’t. As he saw his siblings struggling with the change; dealing with the bigger children, […]

A Space for Recovery

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I went to a conference this last week called ‘Trauma, Resilience and Recovery’ run by Jane Evans and Lisa Cherry. It was a brilliant day with lots to think about as a result. One of the phrases that Lisa Cherry used when she spoke has stuck with me and I’m mulling over what this means […]

I am, I can, I ought, I will

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I am, I can, I ought, I will – a philosophy on education by Charlotte Mason that raises some interesting thoughts to consider in our British educational environment. School is supposed to be a place for learning, creativity, achievement and growth. The Third World countries are encouraged to change their fate through education and I […]

Life goes on….

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I’m in a particularly honest mood which is probably not the best place to write a blog from so apologies straight away! My blog buddy and I are writing to the theme ‘Life goes on’ this week and I love the fact that we never read each others before we write ours – that way […]

Different kinds of strength…

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We are real Bear Grylls fans in our house, particularly our youngest who couldn’t think of anything better then being dropped out of a helicopter over a murky lake in the middle of the jungle, eating insects and drinking his own wee! Of course if it actually came to that I think he might be […]

Where in your life are you drifting?

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I have a confession to make this week – one I’m slightly embarrassed about but I don’t mind admitting to my blog friends out there. I love country music. Yes I know it’s a terrible confession but it’s true. Not that I know much about the genre. I am learning what kind of country I […]

Secondary trauma in schools

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As a parent of three adopted children secondary trauma is something I think about often – the impact of living with children who’ve experienced early trauma. However I’m also beginning to see more of this in education. I’m sure it’s always been the case but maybe we never identified it as such. If you are […]

Playing to your strengths

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The summer holidays have well and truly ended as this week we’ve seen the children go back to school and for many of us we’re gone back to work. I started workshops again this week with three brilliant schools in Bradford, Redditch and Walsall. I was struck again by the amazing commitment from teachers and […]

We all need a witness to our lives

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I was watching a film this week and someone was asking this lady why she had married her husband, she said in reply “because we all need a witness to our lives, the ups and downs and comings and goings”. This has made me ponder a lot this week on that thought – that we […]

Transitions are tough

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Transitions are quite often difficult for vulnerable children. Moving up years in school, coming towards the holidays, moving house or going on holiday for a while. Change basically is something that can create anxiety for children who have experienced lots of changes in their short lives already. The stability of a consistent carer, a routine […]

Can we take a different approach in education?

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I hear many times from educators that they are constrained by the government targets and drives these days. I can see that in how they feel they have to run their schools. But my question today is – do they HAVE to run them like that? Are we really so constrained that we can’t take […]

Happiness IS all it’s cracked up to be…

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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As a nation we seem to be very down on extreme emotions – it’s not the done thing to be too sad and certainly not cool to be too happy! Melancholy, stress, exuberance, crazy singing and dancing in the street – are all signs that we obviously can’t handle our daily lives and need some […]

Nothing to fear but fear itself?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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This is a phrase I’ve heard many times over the years and up until we adopted our children I wholeheartedly agreed I think – that actually the fear of fear is the thing that immobilises us. Now however there are so many different levels for me in this statement: 1) When I think about it […]