Wellbeing in international schools: Are we missing the bigger picture?

Having been interested in the subject of wellbeing for the past year, and spending much time researching this area through reading, listening to podcasts and attending webinars, I often can’t shake the feeling that many of these discussions, whilst helpful, neglect some of the biggest challenges to student wellbeing within the international school context; safeguarding,Continue reading “Wellbeing in international schools: Are we missing the bigger picture?”

Managing exam time stress: How to help students harness their inner ‘Chatter’

This week I had the chance to read Ethan Kross’ book Chatter: The voice in our head, why it matters, and how to harness it, and it struck quite a few chords with me. The premise of the book is to examine the silent conversations that people have with themselves, and consider how to channelContinue reading “Managing exam time stress: How to help students harness their inner ‘Chatter’”

School Counselling and the importance of getting it right

The other day I was speaking to my wife about the role of counsellors in international schools. When I first started working in an international school, I remember it feeling quite strange to have a ‘counsellor’ working at a school. Particularly in a British school. I always felt like this was more of an ‘American’Continue reading “School Counselling and the importance of getting it right”

Issue 3 of the WISEducation Magazine is out NOW!

Hi everyone, I’m really excited to share the third issue of the WISEducation Magazine! WISEducation Magazine Issue 3 Issue 3 contains a range of articles from 13 different contributors based across the world including Thailand, Malaysia, Peru, UAE, USA and the UK. Inside you’ll find articles covering topics such as the importance of touch andContinue reading “Issue 3 of the WISEducation Magazine is out NOW!”

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”