Now is the time to sow

“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower The sun has begun to shine and the long days of darkness and bitter cold mornings are moving further and further away. The clocks have rolled forward in to the start of…

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Where next then?

With the return of pupils on the horizon and the next phase of post-lockdown teaching to begin in earnest, there will be a growing consideration over the coming weeks of what’s next for education for the duration of this academic year. With the removal of statutory assessments across a wide range of key stages, the…

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Let us not forget the village

“It takes a village to raise a child.” The well-told proverb that suggest an entire community of people must interact with children in order for them to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment. The collective work and guidance of those responsible to ensure the future generations of the community, to which they…

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There are stars to spot

At this time of year, we would normally be entrenched in daily rehearsals for the week of Christmas performances and nursery nativities to come. From the sound of carols, old and new, being sung in classrooms to our youngest children, dressed as shepherds, recounting their experience of meeting an angel as they watched their flocks by…

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Fail we may, sail we must

“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore. Vincent Van Gogh If you’re lucky, the opportunity for global discussion comes around once in a generation. Sometimes we are gifted with the power of a platform to share our voice…

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This is just about running

Sometimes, just sometimes, I like to talk and write about running. My friends, family and colleagues may say different and describe it as more of a lecture or the simple art of blathering on. However, the act of running, the impact of it and the trials, trails and tribulations that it offers me is significant.…

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Repositioning the doughnuts

Definition of ’well-being’ NOUN the condition of being contented, healthy, or successful; welfare ‘There are doughnuts in the staff room…’ The usual beckoning cry on a Friday morning or after a particularly stressful time in any workplace. They taste sweet. The rush of sugar releases dopamine to allow the consumer to momentarily feel good; offering a spring in the step…

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