WISEducation Magazine Issue 3 coming soon!

I’m very excited to share the front cover of issue 3 of the WISEducation Magazine, which is coming very soon! This issue contains several new articles on a wide variety of wellbeing related topics, including; the paradox of connectivity, ‘firm but fair’: setting healthy boundaries in pastoral provision, and being away from home: the impactContinue reading “WISEducation Magazine Issue 3 coming soon!”

Supporting whilst unsupported: Navigating pastoral provision in international schools

Working in a pastoral role at an international school is an enlightening experience.  I distinctly remember interviewing a candidate for a pastoral position at our school who was UK-based and had never worked in an international context before.  When discussing how they might deal with a number of different safeguarding situations, they said they wouldContinue reading “Supporting whilst unsupported: Navigating pastoral provision in international schools”

Rethinking our thinking: The tale of the preacher, the prosecutor and the politician

In order to grow, ‘unlearning’ can be just as important, if not more so, than learning. That feels like a funny thing to say as someone who works in education. Schools are in the business of learning. It’s where we learn how to read, how to write, how to pass exams, how to make friends,Continue reading “Rethinking our thinking: The tale of the preacher, the prosecutor and the politician”

Boys don’t cry: A personal reflection on the gendering of pastoral care

Boys don’t cry. So the old adage goes. As a society we have thankfully come to recognise the flaw in this thinking, as generations of boys and men have paid the price, suffering from suppressed and hidden mental health issues, and higher rates of suicide. In fact, in the UK, suicide is the highest causeContinue reading “Boys don’t cry: A personal reflection on the gendering of pastoral care”

The ‘selectively gay’ teacher conundrum

My wife and I were chatting last night, as we often do about everything ranging from human rights issues to how pretty our dogs are (just in case you didn’t know – this takes up a good 70% of our conversations on average). My wife is currently working on a project that is looking intoContinue reading “The ‘selectively gay’ teacher conundrum”

The ‘shock’ factor: Triaging wellbeing during a pandemic

For my first article of 2021 I had thought about writing a cheery ‘new year, new you’ style piece about wellbeing, but I quickly realised that with all of the current world ‘going-ons’, I felt it might be inauthentic and to be honest, a bit of a lie.  I’ll admit that I have had aContinue reading “The ‘shock’ factor: Triaging wellbeing during a pandemic”

Student identity in flux: Transitions in a global pandemic

Transitions are a fundamental part of the life journey. Some transitions are obvious and expected, such as the move from primary school to secondary school, the move into Further or Higher Education, the move into work and between jobs, and retirement. Many of these transitions may well be intended and planned, but nonetheless can feelContinue reading “Student identity in flux: Transitions in a global pandemic”

The role of teachers as a catalyst for curiosity

This week I was really fortunate to have the opportunity to sit down and have a fascinating talk with Dr Stephen Whitehead, co-creator of EDDi. We spoke about a range of issues currently facing the world of international schooling, and also discussed our backgrounds in Higher Education. One thing that Stephen said that really stoodContinue reading “The role of teachers as a catalyst for curiosity”

Growth in tension: How working internationally changed my thinking

When I first arrived in South East Asia there were so many things that, perceived through my Western lens, I found difficult to understand. Why did no one queue in 7/11? Why did no one seem to get angry at bad driving? Why was it that the more frustrated I got when complaining about whateverContinue reading “Growth in tension: How working internationally changed my thinking”

The ‘righting reflex’… when helping isn’t always helpful

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to attend a Motivational Interviewing workshop with Prof. Stephen Rollnick and one of the things that stood out to me the most from this workshop is the concept of the ‘righting reflex’ and how in trying to be helpful, we can sometimes unintentionally be the opposite. Continue reading “The ‘righting reflex’… when helping isn’t always helpful”