After the recent budget we all brace ourselves for cuts. Although unimaginable figures are promised to improve services, we know there will be hidden economies which will affect us locally through diminished resources – mostly in terms of staffing. There’ll be less policemen, less staff in hospitals and surgeries, and less funding for schools to... Read more »
Full name: Ross Mountney
Ex-teacher and home educator, writer and author of books on home education and parenting.
You would assume that parents, teachers, educators, and anyone involved with children’s development and learning would have their actions and intentions firmly based in values. However, many professionals are under pressure. And value led approaches are often sidelined in the frenetic rush to keep on top of outcomes and results at the expense of more... Read more »
We can easily spot the signs of ill health in our children; things like coughing, listlessness or runny noses are pretty simple examples. What are more difficult to spot are the signs of diminishing mental health. Yet mental health issues still seem to be on the rise. And as was reported recenly, charities like Childline... Read more »
Motivating our youngsters to study, learn and achieve is something we all do whether we’re parents, teachers, home educators, or however we’re related to kids. And there are as diverse a range of approaches to that as there are personalities. Some people believe that motivating people, particularly to confront the things they’d less rather do,... Read more »
It can be very hard for some youngsters to settle into the hubbub of a school. And to stand it long term. For some, the stressful climate, noise, constant interaction and sensory bombardment is not the best place for them to learn and achieve. This is especially true of young people on the autistic... Read more »