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?”

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!”

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”

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”

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”