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”

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!”