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2021

Making the moments matter

“Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by so quick you hardly catch it going”. Tennessee Williams As the plane took off from Chisinau airport on a Saturday morning, to cross Europe and take me back to my family and the UK for the October break, my mind did take… Continue reading Making the moments matter

2021

Why leaders need the “shouty people out of our heads”. Moving on from labels and back to children and education.

There are many moments in this role when nothing quite prepares you for the challenges a school leader faces daily. It really has been that kind of month and we know we cannot please all of the people, all of the time, nor should we try. There simply are not enough hours in the day… Continue reading Why leaders need the “shouty people out of our heads”. Moving on from labels and back to children and education.

2021

“In search of lost treasure. A new academic year in an odd and uneven time”

“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.” – Sylvia Plath Moldova celebrated its 30th anniversary as an independent country on the last weekend in August as it marked its declaration of independence from the collapsing USSR in 1991.  It is always hard to… Continue reading “In search of lost treasure. A new academic year in an odd and uneven time”

2021

When the ordinary is the extraordinary; expecting a better normal

“Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it...And education, too, is where we decide whether we love our children enough not to expel them from our world and leave them to their own devices, nor to strike from their hands their chance of undertaking… Continue reading When the ordinary is the extraordinary; expecting a better normal

2021

Where leaders find light when leadership gets lonely; their Hinterland.

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves” Henry David Thoreau. In his famous poem, a “Shropshire Lad”, AE Housman wrote the lines; “The happy highways where I went, And cannot come again”.  This “Shropshire Lad” thought of those words as the car drove westwards over the River Severn into Wales this… Continue reading Where leaders find light when leadership gets lonely; their Hinterland.

2021

When children need to walk their own journey.

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men” Frederick Douglas.  June’s anniversary of D-Day, also coincides with the anniversary of the death of my father in law, Peter Whittle. He took a brave decision: a leap of faith and an unexpected journey when he chose to make a new life and… Continue reading When children need to walk their own journey.

2021

If we “future proof” our schools, we control our destiny

“Control your own destiny or someone else will” Jack Welch I cannot remember a time when I have ever had such direct access to power. This Spring, I find on these rainy, sunshine mornings that I walk past and greet the Prime Minister of my adopted country as he leaves his building every morning. It… Continue reading If we “future proof” our schools, we control our destiny

2021

Let Your Life Speak

“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion”. Albert Camus. I have never been a huge fan of celebrating my birthday. It is not that I am worried about getting older, it’s just something I have never felt the need to make a fuss about.  In Moldova, celebrating… Continue reading Let Your Life Speak

2021

Adaptability, Resilience and Responsiveness. Characteristics needed for the 2020s

We endure; we conquer.Shackleton The feeling of déjà vu is a hard one to shake off one year since the pandemic first engulfed the globe. We certainly live in the strangest times: In one moment we can be marvelling at the safe landing of the Mars Perseverance rover and in the next, we are watching… Continue reading Adaptability, Resilience and Responsiveness. Characteristics needed for the 2020s

2021, Uncategorized

Perspective and agency for now; any potential paradigm shifts are for later.

We will lead not merely by the example of our power, but by the power of our examplePresident Biden, inauguration speech at The Capitol, 20th January 2021. There have been many surreal moments over the last year in the lifespan of this pandemic.  Sometimes, it feels as if we are barely holding on with our… Continue reading Perspective and agency for now; any potential paradigm shifts are for later.