“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.
“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.
“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
“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
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
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.
All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses Walt Whitman It took a very cold, wintery, foggy morning in early January, walking around an icy field and through a small woodland copse, near my home in Bristol with my dog Dylan, to finally allow my mind to wander and have real time to reflect over the… Continue reading Resolutions for 2021? Take a daily walk
Children are the priority. Change is the reality. Collaboration is the strategy”. Judith Billings, Superintendent of Schools, Washngton State. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decision”.Stephen R Covey. There are two recent stand out moments for me this month regarding leadership, especially moral and values based leadership. The… Continue reading The leadership we need for our school communities now.
And indeed it could be said that once the faintest stirring of hope became possible, the dominion of plague was endedAlbert Camus I had hoped to read my book on the three hour journey back to the UK from Chisinau, but found myself on a very crowded plane, with various people still finding the concept… Continue reading What kind of World do we want?
The lowest ebb is the turn of the tideHenry Wadsworth Longfellow Since I returned to Moldova on the 16th August, starting in earnest the preparations for what we all knew would be like no other academic year, there have been two distinct moments of complete relaxation where my thinking switched only to time, moment, place.… Continue reading The myth of ‘Covid secure’ and other gobbledygook starting a new academic year.