things I notice in schools

03 Mar 2017

The ethic of everybody

‘Inclusive, good-quality education is a foundation for dynamic and equitable societies.’ Desmond Tutu

Dame Alison Peacock used this phrase when she was speaking at ResearchEd in September 2016. In talking about the work she had done over the years with Cambridge University and others, they identified that one of the strands of her work was an ‘ethic of everybody’. What might be meant by this and how might it relate to being hopeful, not helpless?

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30 Dec 2016

You never know the good you do...

‘I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.’ Thomas Jefferson

There’s an assumption that we need to have hard evidence that something has ‘worked’ and that we have had an impact. We usually expect this to be in fairly short order. But it might be helpful to think about impact over the longer term. When we think back to those who have had an impact on us, it is not just those who we interacted with today, but also those in the past who have given us encouragement and hope.

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11 Dec 2016

'Hopeful Schools' what people are saying

'Hopeful Schools is a breath of fresh air and reminds you 'why' we do 'what' we do, whilst making you think 'how' we go about it. Mary encourages us to consider what soulful schools; heart-based education and courageous leadership could and should look like. This book will nourish you and restore your faith in the future of our education system. It will reassure you that by being hopeful we can affect change. 'Hopeful Schools' will inspire you as it will remind you that through resilience, courage and hope we can create school cultures underpinned with trust and integrity.'

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04 Dec 2016

Hopeful schools

Wow! This is an amazing book. I read this from cover to cover in one sitting and I loved it. Mary Myatt’s gentle wisdom and humour shines through every page to remind the reader of the positive action and affirmation that emerges when we experience feelings of hope instead of helplessness.

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09 Oct 2016

Look at me

‘‘Look at me" is one of the most fundamental desires of the human heart.

Bertrand Russell

Russell’s observation might have been driven by his childhood experiences: loss of parents at an early age. Home tutored. Cold grandparents, left to his own devices. Or possibly not. Perhaps he said this because he noticed that people want to be acknowledged. So, if we agree with Russell that one of our basic needs is to be acknowledged, what does this mean for our own needs being met and for considering this in the workplace?

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09 Sep 2016

Today is not tomorrow

‘Nobody, ever once, pops to the top. You walk there. Step by step, each a failure until it's not.’

Seth Godin

Seth Godin is a business thinker who delves in to the deepest aspects of human motivation, purpose and success. The quote that nobody pops to the top is from a post about Van Gogh. He discusses a picture of Ramsgate which the painter stitch when he spent time in England in the 1870’s when he was early in his career. Van Gogh’s paintings of Ramsgate are fine. They are functional and recognisably Ramsgate. But they are not high art, nor do they point to the future wild, magnificent brilliance. What, asks Godin, would have happened if the painter had stopped painting in Ramsgate? What if he decided he wasn't that great a painter? Well, the answer is obvious. The Ramsgate paintings were part of the journey to brilliance.

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