Sick,Tired and Stressed – the modern teacher’s malady.

As a former Deputy Head and class teacher for 22 years I read with interest the article in the Daily Telegraph about 15,000 teachers being off sick from school every day. I often coach teachers and Senior Management Teams on leadership skills and I see many highly stressed teachers battling paperwork, insolent kids, disaffected parents […]

Is your child getting enough sleep?

  Children sleep an hour less today than 30 years ago – and it’s having a dramatic effect on their intelligence, behaviour and obesity levels according to surveys by the National Sleep Foundation, yet 90% of American parents think their child is getting enough sleep. “It is an overlooked fact that children get an hour […]

The Mental Health Crisis Among Girls.

  We live in a world of growing perfectionism. From selfies to photo shop, young people are under pressure.  They are under pressure at school to perform due to our obsession with data driven learning. They are under pressure on social media – mocked, scorned and ridiculed for looking a certain way or acting a certain […]

Children in England are unhappier with their lives than those in 13 other countries

  I’m appearing on Sky News today discussing this: Children in England are unhappier with their lives than those in 13 other countries including Israel and South Africa, with only South Korea lagging behind according to a comprehensive international piece of research based on a survey of 53,000 children aged 10 and 12 in England, […]

UK child death rate among worst in western Europe, say experts

I read with horror the article in today’s Guardian that the UK child death rate among worst in western Europe, say experts with only Malta having more deaths of children under five. Children in the UK are more likely to die before they reach their fifth birthday than in any other western European country except […]

Empty Nest, Divorce & Surviving The Crazy Time……

  My 21 year old son rang for a catch up just before he was off with his Dad to watch Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. It was great to hear his voice, hear his news and to hear how busy he was juggling writing his dissertation, working at his journalist placement and planning his climb […]

Jamie Oliver has banned his kids from social media…..

Jamie Oliver has banned his children from social media – and in many families there is a constant battle between demands for privacy and safety. Here, parents share the lessons they have learned and the techniques they use. How do you cope? All out ban? I teach the parents I work with to “Talk […]

Join me on LBC Radio discussing how your kids will be worse off than you !

I was on LBC Radio today discussing the fact that today’s middle-class children are on track to be the first in more than a century to be materially less well off in adulthood than their parents, a government commission is expected to warn this week. Leaked findings reveal the existence of a national trend not […]

Secret Teacher: ‘Dear Ofsted inspector, I am giving you notice to improve’

I know just how this teacher feels as a former Deputy Head ! Schools quake in fear of Ofsted instead of seeing it as an opportunity to get inspiring new ideas and positive feedback. The culture of blame and shame really doesn’t help schools or teachers feel valued or  improve morale as everyone has become […]

‘If you miscarry, there’s no way to say goodbye’

  I had the great honour of being invited by my friend Melanie to be with her on Friday as she had her first scan of her growing baby at 12 weeks. I can’t tell you the joy we both felt as Mel is 41 and this is her first longed for child. To see the baby kicking their little […]

Children who see parents drink “more likely” to binge drink themselves

I was interviewed by LBC Radio again today about the latest survey by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation about underage drinking.  Here is the article in The Guardian For me it’s all about how you pass on your values, experiences and attitudes to everything and drinking is no exception. It’s about realising that kids are […]

Stranger Danger 21st Century Style – Keeping Your Safe.

The days of not talking to strangers and not accepting sweets from them have long gone, as your child can make friends with people from around the global community in an instant. But how do you know who they are talking to and how do you monitor and keep a watchful eye on their activity? […]