On returning to school… (another pandemic post)

We all know that there is nothing more frustrating than decisions about an expert field being made by non-experts. We see it all the time: business managers making decisions about numbers of ICU beds in hospitals; politicians making statements about immunology and disease control; rooms of men making decisions about women's reproductive choices. Now it's … Continue reading On returning to school… (another pandemic post)

On epidemics, education and connection…

When the World Health Organisation declared that the COVID-19 virus was a global health emergency, a whole manner of elements of daily life got shut down. While the majority of this shut-down and the quarantines are centred on China and the provinces around the epicentre, Wuhan, here in neighbouring Vietnam, we have been feeling the … Continue reading On epidemics, education and connection…

On language barriers and the importance of communication…

I live in a country where the primary spoken language is Kiswahili. While English is in common use, the language you are most likely to encounter on a day-to-day basis is Kiswahili. I've lived here now for 9 months and, while my understanding of the language is slowly but surely increasing, I am in no … Continue reading On language barriers and the importance of communication…

What are you made of? 

Not all girls are made of sugar and spice and all things nice. Some girls are made of adventure, fine beer, brains and no fear. If you were to make a 'recipe for you', what would it contain?  What are the essential ingredients that make you who you are? I read the above quote and … Continue reading What are you made of? 

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

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?