“You must work – we must all work to make the world worthy of its children.” – Pablo Casals 

I woke this morning to the awful news that my country's parliament had voted in support of air strikes in Syria, against the views and wishes of the majority of their constituents. While the horrors inflicted by ISIS cannot be ignored, the addition of more military, more bombs and more guns to a brutal war … Continue reading “You must work – we must all work to make the world worthy of its children.” – Pablo Casals 

David’s Story

We know that in adults, if you go to Polmont Prison and you speak to young offenders there who are violent young men, they don’t know any better; they were brought up in a war zone so they are warriors, that is what they do, that’s how they understand life.  - John Carnochan - I … Continue reading David’s Story

The Four Year Itch

"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." Eleanor Roosevelt I have always been an adventurer and a risk-taker. I make more decisions with my heart than with my head, and seem to have a continual thirst … Continue reading The Four Year Itch

#BringBackOurGirls – Why Girls Education Matters…

Four weeks ago Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls from a boarding school in the northern town of Chibok on 14 April. An estimated 200 heavily armed militants arrived at night in 20 vehicles to steal supplies and kidnap the students. Boko Haram means "Western education is forbidden" in the … Continue reading #BringBackOurGirls – Why Girls Education Matters…

Education is the key…

Every so often something appears in the news or on tv that truly sends a wave of despair over me. As a natural optimist, and positive thinker, it really does take a lot to wear me down. Even so, this is one of those pieces of news that really got to me. On Monday evening … Continue reading Education is the key…

Why Early Years?

My career and vocation in life is teaching. Within the world of teaching, my passion is working with early years - the period from birth to around age 8. I have often had colleagues, some of them long-term, highly experienced teachers, say 'Why?' and 'Don't you want to work with the older age-range?'. My answer? … Continue reading Why Early Years?

Behind the Words of a Child

As the children were coming into class this morning, one of the little girls came dashing up to me, desperate to tell me the latest event in her life. Today's event was that she had a new Princess dress and she liked to twirl in it. In swift succession, three more children came to tell … Continue reading Behind the Words of a Child