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”

Boarding a ship in a storm… university guidance counselling in a pandemic

This year I had the opportunity to move into an international school university guidance counselling role. Having spent an extended period of time in the Higher Education sector, I thought I had a fairly good grasp of the university experience.  Turns out I hadn’t even touched the tip of the iceberg. Prior to taking thisContinue reading “Boarding a ship in a storm… university guidance counselling in a pandemic”

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”

Issue 2 of the WISEducation Newsletter is out NOW!

Hi everyone, I’m really excited to share the second issue of the WISEducation Newsletter! WISEducation Newsletter Issue 2 Issue 2 contains a range of articles from 14 different contributors based across the world including Thailand, Holland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Myanmar and the UK. Inside you’ll find articles covering topics such as student identity, LGBT+ teachersContinue reading “Issue 2 of the WISEducation Newsletter is out NOW!”

WISEducation Newsletter Issue 2 coming soon!

I’m very excited to share the front cover of issue 2 of the WISEducation Newsletter, which is coming very soon! This issue contains several new articles on a wide variety of wellbeing related topics, including; how teachers’ identities affirm diverse student futures, how safe LGBT+ teachers are in the international sector, and exploring how schoolsContinue reading “WISEducation Newsletter Issue 2 coming soon!”

Letting students surprise us: The power of being proven wrong

I think it’s really interesting how people can change over time. For example, I now really enjoy working in a school setting in a pastoral capacity, but I had a history of being disengaged at school. In primary school, social services had to get involved because I refused to go to school. In secondary school,Continue reading “Letting students surprise us: The power of being proven wrong”

A little about myself and the WISEducation blog!

My name is Dr Sadie Hollins and I currently work as a Head of Sixth Form at an International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. My background prior to working in international education was as a HE lecturer and researcher focusing on sport and sociology. After a decision to take a different life path, my partnerContinue reading “A little about myself and the WISEducation blog!”