03 September 2015
What has struck me this year is how important, wise and funny some of our friends’ children are. I’ve always loved them - my own children would always complain that I extolled their virtues too much because I wasn’t their parent and didn’t see “their bad side”. Well I like not seeing bad sides, and I like it that they like me and that I don’t have to tell them off!!! And now they’re … read on
24 August 2015
Simple to enter! Win a Golden Rules Box set for young children or one of five Golden Rules animal posters. We know that young children respond well to simple, strong, charismatic images and engaging stories. We are therefore very pleased with this colourful box set - which we worked with the NDNA on. The animal poster is also a great reminder of the simple Golden Rules of gentleness, … read on
18 August 2015
I was delighted to be invited to attend the ENABLE Early Years conference, organised by Helen Lumgair (http://www.theeducationalist.co.uk). I will be at our bookstall during the breaks and look forward to meeting everyone on the day. Here is a little about the conference and a flier is attached below - just click to download. ENABLE 2 0 1 5 is a visionary conference designed to bri … read on
Joining the school food revolution - a school for children with autism and a creative approach to food
05 August 2015
We were really interested to see an article in the Guardian (Sunday 19 July 2015) about Queensmill School in West London. With 140 pupils on roll this school, for children with autism, was having difficulties with their lunchtimes and the dining hall. Whereas lunchtimes can be a trying time of day for all schools, it can be every more tricky for schools for children with autism due t … read on
30 July 2015
17 June 2015
The new Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) funding equates to up to £300 extra per year for each disadvantaged child who meets eligibility criteria. This money will amount to a staggering £50 million for 2015 – 2016 and will be given to early years providers who are delivering funding entitlement to 3 and 4 year olds. Let's hope that this major funding development for early years and chi … read on
12 June 2015
May was another busy month for training bookings - with an emphasis on training for positive behaviour, lunchtimes training and training for primary schools in particular. On 19th May Jenny was asked to carry out a training day in Conwy by Wendy Ostler, a Healthy Schools Co-ordinator who worked with Jenny a long time ago. Wendy had been on one of Jenny's Train the Trainers courses years … read on
14 May 2015
With only a week and a few days to go, Jenny is busy preparing for the Learning Brain Europe Conference which will be held on Friday 22 May in The Lowry, Salford. As a keynote speaker and workshop leader, Jenny is looking forward to the very good company of fellow speakers and topcis such as: Tools and Tips for Teachers by Dr Spencer Kagan The Rock’n Roll Classroom by Dr Rich Al … read on
01 May 2015
We were thrilled that Jenny's article was published in the TES on 1st May 2015, discussing the need for balance within the curriculm and ensuring that there is time and space for circle time, listening and the development of social skills. The TES blog about the article provides some background to it. (The article itself can be seen in the TES paper or for subscribers on their phone app … read on
24 April 2015
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16 April 2015
Hi I’m back from Brazil. It was really exciting to be working in a big international school with children from age three to eighteen. I spent a week working in their pre-prep (early years), primary and senior schools. I think I did about 20 circle-times with different classes, a big circle-time with parents and lots of circle-times with teachers and support staff. I feel really positi … read on
One day only - unmissable training opportunity at Watercliffe Meadow - that lives and breathes the Golden Model (12th June 2015)
30 March 2015
A ‘Gold Award’ School Watercliffe Meadow is one amazing school - and they are opening their doors for one day for you to come and train with Jenny, see their systems working and meet staff and pupils! This is the only place that Jenny does this particular training day! CLICK HERE TO SEE A JENNY MOSLEY VIDEO CREATED BY THE SCHOOL, JENNY MOSLEY AND FLIM COMPANY MASH! Since the opening … read on
24 March 2015
Guess what? The Golden Rules are now in Samoan - see the beautiful poster above and read on below! I don’t know where to start with this one. There is so much that I would like to say about how important moral values – and hence the Golden Rules - are for children, no matter which country they live in, what school they go to or what language they speak. My Golden Rules are these ... … read on
24 March 2015
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20 March 2015
I've borrowed this image and writing from my daughter, Meg's, Facebook page. Meg is an artist and takes some spectacular photographs! I so love this photo - lying down seems to help the older face a lot!!! Bless her for remembering my Mum on Mothers Day too – she was a fabulous, outrageous, challenging, incredibly loving wonderful woman. Website Editor's Notes 1. To see … read on
06 March 2015
It is always a pleasure to go in to lots of different schools as I do and to experience amazing practice and to discuss where there is room for improvement and suggest new or altered ways. And working with staff and pupils from Tolworth Community Primary School (which was then the Infant and Junior Schools) has been an absolute pleasure. With a dedicated, hard-working and talented staf … read on
19 February 2015
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This month we are celebrating all the new resources in our 2015 catalogue. We always expect a good response when we send out our new catalogue but this year we are so thrilled that practitioners have told us that they can see straight away how the resources will benefit themselves and the children in their care - and they are keeping us very busy in the warehouse fulfilling orders!
16 February 2015
Sometimes it takes so little to bring a lot of joy. Laura Macmillan, a young, enthusiastic positive teacher went out with a friend to Malawi and used a parachute in four different primary schools. The mothers were so impressed that they are going to make some more using their local fabric. They also taught all the teachers and parents lots of different games they can use. Honestly I … read on
10 February 2015
Jenny went back to one of her very special schools just recently. Both Jane Midwinter and Fizz Starkey are ex-headteachers of this school and both have been accredited in the Whole School Quality Circle Time Model after attending Train the Trainers courses. And they have left a legacy of goldenness!! Fiona Day, acting headteacher has carried on the wonderful work and now Tracey Robinson … read on
04 February 2015
I had an unexpectedly lovely invitation to give a presentation on Inspirational Leadership for Lancaster and Morecambe Headteachers Association. Wow – they know how to rock. The conference was held in the best hotel ever – the Low Wood Hotel on the edge of the Windermere Lakes in Ambleside. (Isn’t Ambleside beautiful – surrounding as it is by mountains – see the view from my window!! … read on
29 January 2015
Budgets are stretched and more and more schools are choosing to host our very economical Jenny Mosley two day conferences free in their school. All you need is a good size hall, some refreshments and a little bit of time at the beginning to be given to publicising the course to their local schools. Places on the course are advertised at a very reasonable daily fee to other local teacher … read on
28 January 2015
A few weeks ago I ran a circle time for 3 year olds in an inner city Children’s Centre with early years practitioners observing. A few of them had no English and some children had emotional difficulties. We all sat on little chairs in a circle on a wooden surface. Very quickly the children discovered that if they banged their feet, it made a wonderful noise. My quiet circle-time voi … read on
22 January 2015
It was great to return to Gloucestershire this week to hold one of our Open Conferences. The conference was supported through help with organisation and marketing by members of the Advisory Teaching Service in Gloucester. Both days were very well-attended with an enthusiastic group of delegates! On Tuesday 20th Jenny started with a day on Better Behaviour for Learning, focusing upo … read on
20 January 2015
Jenny was thrilled to be invited back to Brazil again this year for a third training trip to visit St Paul’s School in Sao Paulo. With an exciting week planned, Jenny will be working with staff from the pre-preparatory, preparatory and senior schools. Having already worked with Jenny on two occasions, St Pauls has already fully taken on board the Golden Model, working on different are … read on
06 January 2015
Well, what a way to start my New Year…..by finding this on my daughter’s facebook late last night! I never had time (usually asleep very early) but I sat up fast with indignation when I saw what she had put on!!! Then I couldn’t help laughing. The photo really does look like the ‘me’ I feel at the moment. A frazzled, downturned mouth…..a ‘seen better days’ type of person!!! I start off … read on
16 October 2014
As an essential companion to the Golden Rules range, Jenny Mosley’s new High Five posters will really help children understand HOW to be: a great circle timer, a good friend, a great listener, calm in the corridor, play well and how to have good manners in the dining hall.
Honing the Playground Zoning in Brazil - Divide and Rule by Anne D'Heuresel Baldisseri TES Article Sept 2014
20 September 2014
Playground zoning has never been so effective - read how a creative school in Brazil, where Jenny Mosley has been training in her model, uses playground zoning amongst other strategies to get the very best out of playtimes.
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Working with the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), speaking at their conference - PLUS FREE handouts link here!
10 September 2014
I have long been a great admirer the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) and so working with them over the last year or so on the Golden Rules for toddlers box sets has been a very positive experience. We are thrilled with these brightly-coloured board books. The box set provides parents, nurseries and Children’s Centres a much-need way of introducing and reinforcing a set of … read on
28 August 2014
Wow – well, I’ve just got back from my India work trip – which was, as ever amazing, thrilling, challenging and wonderful. Because I have been working in India over the last 14 years I have already written quite a few blogs on India.
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23 July 2014
Do enjoy these lovely photos - many thanks to Maya Menon and the teachers involved for looking after Jenny so well!
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22 July 2014
I am privileged enough to encounter very many inspiring teachers through my work in schools and at
educational conferences. I was therefore delighted to meet a young teacher, Katie O'Sulivan, who not only reinforces the Golden Rules through such delightful ways as having Golden Rules mascots on each class table, but also had a very interesting member in her class. Katie explains it so much better than I could below. Please see Editor’s Notes at the end to see terms and conditions of Free 'Puppets At Large' book for every member of our 'Get Along Gang' purchased.
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23 June 2014
My Golden Rules which are in some form or other in the majority of UK primary schools are a simple distillation of complex universal moral values. I pulled them together after working in the early 80s/90s with thousands of children and adults around what rules they wanted in their schools.
When studying all their “don’ts and do’s” that I realised they all fell naturally into six areas so children of all ages can access them.
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16 June 2014
"Calm down”. Wow, how I used to hate being told this when I was younger. I was naturally excitable and “over the top” (another implied and applied criticism.) Never were there any actual tips on how I could ‘calm down’. In education at that time we’d never heard of PHSE, Circle-Time or Mindfulness … so unless you found yourself in a 60’s flower-power hippy home you’d never heard of meditation or even ‘breathing’.
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28 May 2014
Isn’t Golden Time Wonderful – If it’s done well!!!
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19 May 2014
Ooooooh - I do love teachers' creativity! You all know my Golden Time.....originally I suggested a large sun with pegs on with all the children's faces on the pegs. If they break a golden rule the peg gets put on a sun with a cloud going over his face. If the child stops doing the inappropriate behaviour - the teacher says "good choice" and puts the peg back on the happy sun.
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14 May 2014
Here’s a picture of me a couple of Saturdays ago – all dressed up in a hotchpotch of clothes (Indian skirt, Frida Kahloish tops, yellow converse) … and to top it all my fabulous felt roses crown made by my young friend Laura (she’s amazing – see details below!)
26 April 2014
In my last blog I told you about a lovely school, Brockenhurst Primary School, led by Trudie Cawthra, who recently received an OFSTED ‘Outstanding’ for PSHE and SMSC. The Quality Circle Time model is fully embedded in this school and Trudie reports that OFSTED noticed many qualities within the children that the model works on. As OFSTED seems to be placing greater emphasis on SMSC and behaviour, we were all delighted to read the following comments following their 2014 inspection:
25 April 2014
Over the last few years we have had many positive comments from Headteachers extolling the virtues of using the Quality Circle Time model and how this has positively affected their OFSTED inspections and reports. Most recently we received this report below from one of ‘our’ Golden headteachers, Trudie Cawthra of Brockenhurst C of E Primary School who very recently gained ‘Outstanding’ for PSHE and SMSC:
11 March 2014
I was so excited! I have worked before in schools in Malaysia and Thailand but to be asked to travel to Vietnam to work with four schools felt extra special. If I am really honest, it seemed extra attractive, exotic and mysterious because I was a 60s child brought up on the usual clutch of Vietnam movies – The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, Good Morning Vietnam, and the like, so my imagination was still stuck in the brutal beating up of a country ravaged by war. In my mind, wilfully or just lazily, time stood still and I had failed to enquire further, but suddenly I was poised on a Vietnam adventure.
20 February 2014
Hi Everyone - we, at Positive Press, have all been beavering away (see our new hardworking beaver!!!) to produce lots of new resources to save you time and to give you loads of ideas for practical things to help life in classrooms and playgrounds be kinder, calmer and more focussed – and therefore more productive.
24 January 2014
When working on positive behaviour with teachers, we can become very focused upon children’s expectations and behaviour just at school. It was a pleasure for Jenny, while working with the very dedicated staff from Beckford Primary School recently, to be invited to also hold a parent workshop. Jenny first demonstrated circle time with children for the parents to observe. In the followi … read on
19 December 2013
People often assume that Quality Circle Time is for younger children when in reality the need of secondary pupils is just as great. Pupils in primary schools become accustomed to having a regular, safe space in which to spend invaluable time with their peers listening, speaking, being heard, learning essential life skills and contributing to their school community. Just when life starts to get harder and pupils transfer to secondary school, in addition to facing the extra challenges of having different teachers for different subjects, and different rooms and systems, many lose their weekly Circle Time sessions so they lose all the benefits they had gained during regular Circle Times.
11 November 2013
Aaaaaargh … WET PLAY!! Two words that strike dread into the soul. Not only am I regularly quizzed, on my lunchtime conferences, for good ideas on how to make the most of it – but I still, even having given up proper teaching years ago, experience regular wet play too.
02 October 2013
Everyone has a light inside them. Nelson Mandela famously urged us all to allow our light to shine strongly and not to hide it through fear. If anyone is entitled to talk in these terms it is Mandela. To be hidden away for 27 years and to come out with a strong light of forgiveness is truly inspirational. May his light of wisdom, humour and love shine on long after his death.
29 August 2013
After revisiting New Zealand in 2012 we received a lovely “Golden Rules at home” story that we would like to share with you. This fits so well with our thoughts on the Golden Rules and toddlers that we have recently created a whole new boxed set especially for young children.
The teachers that Jenny trained were highly enthused about the model and even the parents became very involved. So much so that one of the teachers received a lovely little story to this effect from a parent:
07 August 2013
“The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.” Erik H. Erikson
17 July 2013
Never has supporting social and emotional intelligence been more important than now. There’s such a huge government push on academic attainment that quite often the whole child can be forgotten. Each of us has many intelligences and for each of us to have a sense of self-esteem and self-confidence we need to know all our different selves. We need to value our ability to get on with people, to give warmth, to defuse conflict, to be calm under pressure, to be positive and joyful at times as much as we value doing well in tests. Currently there is no space in the curriculum for this emphasis and social and emotional learning has to take a back seat.
07 June 2013
I have written before about how getting playtimes and lunchtimes golden and fun for children and adults is my passion (see previous blogs - Sledging in Geneva, the incredible importance of playing, Laughter in schools, Schools Need Each Other).
10 May 2013
Laughter in schools
Laughter is fabulous. So much has been written scientifically in the last decade about how it is physically so good for you but lets never forget how it nourishes your spirit. It lifts you out of the ordinary every day routine to touch the part that really matters – that we can’t control anything in life. The unexpected ‘likeness of being’ that laughter brings connects us to the real treasure that life has to offer us. The moment when laughter joins us together through giggles, smiles or even belly laughs and we feel the absurdity of our seriousness, we are truly splendidly human.
18 March 2013
Living as we do, in such troubled educational times, schools need each other for support, wisdom and inspiration. The old barriers of competition, one-upmanship and insecurity need to be dismantled to allow the winds of a more spiritual approach to sweep through the landscape. We need to be bigger than the problems that trouble us and by reaching out to others we’ll find the solutions for ourselves too. Read on for my blog about a brilliant lunchtimes project!
05 March 2013
Read how the children in Switzerland were enjoying their playtimes when Jenny went there to train the school's teaching assistants last week.
The Incredible Importance of Playing! Just a few places left in Sheffield where you can experience a 'Golden School' for yourself!
21 January 2013
We, adults and children, all need our senses inspired and invigorated in order to be really imaginative – and there’s probably no better stimulation in the world than SNOW!! Suddenly play fights, sculptures and snow angels appear from nowhere.
My daughter is 32 … down came the snow and out went Meg with our previously packed away Christmas polar bear to look at the new world from his point of view. Her images made me smile and want to share them with you.
04 December 2012
Its Jenny's daughter Meg here - Mum is horribly busy at the moment and can’t find time to write … but she’s not too busy for her 6 grandchildren so we had such a nice night I thought I would sneakily go on Mum’s blog and tell you all about it …
16 November 2012
Only last week I wrote about the Greenwich school who had brightened up their children’s lives with the Golden Rules, Golden Tickets ….and the Golden Throne – where the lucky winner of the Golden Draw could choose to sit on the Golden Throne during the weeks assembly. Then, in the same week arrives the story and photos from another Golden Hearted Teacher in New Zealand who, having met … read on
15 November 2012
This simple statement has such a moral ‘punch’ to it. It is attributed to Ghandi – and its simplicity and stark truth are certainly his hallmarks. Many years ago when I first started working in India my daughter and I, when in Mumbai, went to Ghandi’s house. It was as if he’d just walked out of the door. Nothing hidden away, tidied up or behind glass; just notebooks open mid-sentence, … read on
28 October 2012
A few days ago at Greenacres Primary School & Children’s Centre, Eltham, London I walked into an emotional richness and goldenness. Every day in my training I urge schools to put the golden rules into the ‘heart’ of all they do.
26 October 2012
Jenny wrote this blog entry in the gorgeous - Victoria Shanghai Academy in Hong Kong and enjoyed the view from probably has the best playground view in the world (and that is said from a woman who played queenie, queenie, who’s got the ball with children in Rio – under the glare of the outstretched arms of the Statue of Christ on the mountain!)
12 October 2012
Jenny had another trip to the stunning New Zealand! Read about how Circle Time fits beautifully in New Zealand!
10 September 2012
I am a lucky woman! My work travels far often via enthusiastic teachers, many of whom have used my ideas in the UK and then taken them successfully to their new international school. I am a consultant too and have trained in many international schools – and have just arrived back from giving a two day workshop to St Ignatious Primary and Secondary schools in the Cayman Islands. It was e … read on
05 July 2012
Come and join us! We're 'Going for Gold' to tie in with surge of sporting and Olypmic energy this year! The Olympic and Paralympic Games are more than just about sport, they are underpinned by Pierre de Coubertin’s (the founder of the modern Olympic movement) philosophy. He saw the Games as a great opportunity to promote a set of values that could be applied to sport, education and to s … read on
04 July 2012
Here is a photo of some happy smiling faces in the middle of an ordinary staff room having some training with Jenny. Any staff can get in a shoulder massage line and have bonus golden moments – all tension can leave the back of the neck – and a good laugh can dispel any worries. “Just wanted to express our thanks for a wonderful training day (best ever) with Jenny yesterday. All the … read on
30 May 2012
My questioning of the meaning of life is so childish and homespun that I should not really be committing these random thoughts to anyone’s sight. Ah well – I might get some help so it may be worth it. In my time, mainly in the brightness of youth, I read amazing philosophers; Sartre, Simone Weil, Bede Griffiths, Theilard de Chardin … I worshipped at the light of their beautiful intellec … read on
19 April 2012
The Conference At the end of the weeks work in St Paul’s school they hosted a huge open conference ‘Educating To Keep Pace With Change’. What was so amazing was that many of St Paul’s parents financially supported it so it could open up to non English-speaking Brazilian government schools as well. Maybe about 300 delegates attended. For non English-speaking delegates they bought in tra … read on
18 April 2012
During my last visit, 2010, we had sowed seeds with the secondary teachers by me running some circle time sessions with senior students – but this second visit was to explicitly spend more time building on this foundation. Lets face it we all know that most secondary teachers throughout the world are operating within an overcrowded curriculum, a climate of Draconian inspections, with ve … read on
06 April 2012
Oh, where do I start? Being away for nearly a month in Brazil is huge – and I don’t know where to begin. I think I’ll write it in segments – segments of juicy Brazilian fruits that are so exotic I have never seen or heard of them before.
18 March 2012
Well, I’m on the eve of another adventure as I’m off to Brazil this week (via some primary schools first in Doncaster!). Whenever I’m about to fly off somewhere I get this primal urge to touch base first…. to get out the treasured memories…. to say ‘hello’ to friends - and to be reflected back in loved ones eyes - before I disappear again into the unknown!!. Yes, I’ve been there befor … read on
15 February 2012
Hi Everyone, I am really incredibly lucky as, all over the country, I get lovely comments and emails telling me what you are doing. Do you remember some time ago I wrote a blog about starting intergeneral circle time in an older people’s home in Sheffield – this was in May 2011. I have just had a lovely little letter sent from Emma, a teacher at Watercliffe Meadow school, who has k … read on
18 January 2012
Hi Everyone – very, very sorry I have been so quiet! I find the long build up to Christmas and Christmas itself gloriously wonderful ….and desperately exhausting! Partly it’s so tiring because even after all of these years, as some of you know already, I have a very rosy – tinted view of how Christmas should be, based on a childhood addiction to the Waltons. I have worked very har … read on
23 November 2011
Sun dapples through the ‘flame trees’, large butterflies swoop, dragonflies shimmer and hover – am I the luckiest person in the whole wide world!?? I am on an old tiled veranda of a beautiful ancient crumbling house in the centre of Bangalore. It is the noisiest, fastest, most bustling I.T. centre of India. Yet street sellers still hunker next to huge baskets of blazingly coloure … read on
30 August 2011
Oh….Where do I start? …..What I am really thrilled about though is that I am slowly building up a relationship with a cluster of small rural primary schools in low socio-economic area which has a cultural mix that is predominantly New Zealand European, Maori and an increasing number of Samoan families. Last year I ran a Train the Trainers there (do any of you remember that on that bl … read on
22 August 2011
Following on from my last blog about "Adopting and Older Person's Home" I am reproducing here my own daughter's blog - she went to an intergenerational circle time project,� joined in and took photographs. Later she was inspired to write her own blog. Do read here what Meg says: "Help the aged, one time they were just like you.”“Help the aged,one time they were just like you,drinkin … read on
08 July 2011
Sooo, my day ‘Learning Through Laughter in Schools’ loomed after Patch had done his 2 days, and Lesley Quilty a magnificent clown therapist who works across the UK and internationally, ran a highly acclaimed clowning workshop….Then me! Now - those of you who know me well will know that, even after all these years, I get horribly tummy-churningly nervous, before any presentation. An … read on
09 June 2011
Wow! I’ve just stood in the same spotlight and space as Patch Adams. Please tell me you are old enough to remember who he is!!! He became famous when Robin Williams (yes, the actor!) played him in a film of the same name! The film showed the period of his life when he was a GP in the USA who revolutionised hospital care for children by introducing humour, laughter and clowning. Ev … read on
25 May 2011
Okay, this is going to be a big and passionate blog! For that reason, I have divided it into Part 1 and Part 2! Part 1 I am brandishing a sword of revolution and truth and I am calling you all to arms with ‘my gang’ so you become one of ‘our gang’! Forgive me (and please stay with me) as I am sure the blog is going to tumble out in a disordered way as I have so much to say and too ma … read on
21 May 2011
Paolo and Joan!Sometimes what your body’n soul cries out for is just to be in the presence of great live music. Music you think if only you had the talent; their songs are exactly the ones you’d have written!So, in the last few weeks I went to see a new love and an old love. My new love I discovered last year at Glastonbury. My friends’ son had whisked me down TO THE FRONT AND THERE HE W … read on
18 May 2011
Hi everyone here is a quick cheating blog! I have snitched my daughter, Meg's, blog and photos because they are funny and features me as Camilla and mum as the Queen! I have never worn a straight skirt before or shoes with a heel and glam stockings – so I actually loved being Camilla and didn’t take the outfit off for nearly 3 days. It is great to dress up – isn’t it? If I get a … read on
03 May 2011
Oh where on earth do I start! Well, I am still on Chilean earth, still cracked by previous earthquakes. I have been doing some Chilean love tweets. Having never tweeted before I think they are a bit like trying to create a Haiku – looks simple but isn’t at all!!! I am sitting under palms, bright blue skies and thumping golden sand. I am fitting in a few mini-adventures in amongs … read on
26 April 2011
I love Easter but sadly I have no time to write this so I am ‘borrowing’ the next paragraph off my daughter’s facebook as she came to our Easter party and its got her particular slant on it - oh and I am putting some photos in below - and there will be a few more on my Facebook account!! “Mum's bonkers Easter party involved the mandatory bright colours, Indian saris and champers … read on
17 March 2011
I was asked to present workshops at the 2011 COBIS conference. A huge privilege as I adore Prague. I think it might be my favourite city. Much better than “good” – it’s a “great” city! I gave a lot of thought to the conference theme as to what makes a school great. I chased a range of high ideas around, but in the end I think that anything that is truthful is simple and full of com … read on
01 March 2011
These words headlined the newspaper story of the death of my younger cousin – John Kelly. I didn’t write about him in my last blog, even though I mentioned going to Sydney for a conference – which is where he lived. I needed time to think. John, an experienced climber was, just after Christmas helping to take young people mountaineering. He fell and died immediately. His wife Cathy had, … read on
10 February 2011
Apparently I need a strap line to stay forever with my new blog site! The one above feels the best – what do you think? I feel I have just circled the whole world, as I have just come back from taking QCT to Oz and NZ. At the conferences I met the same leap of energy and warmth from all the delegates. Like anything good and sustainable in education – my model is based on commonsen … read on
18 January 2011
I really need to look outwards and upwards again. Having holed myself up in the small hot claustrophobic world of family (see Christmas blog!) I now need to gulp fresh air, fresh ideas and look forwards. I need to be inspired! So many people do inspire me; so I don’t really know where to start. Next door to our office lives a 94 year old woman. I see her go up and down the pavement o … read on
14 January 2011
I have always had a highly unrealistic picture of how Christmas should be – based on my love of ‘Little Women’ and ‘Little House on the Prairie’.So every year I always cherish a Little Hope that this Christmas my dream will come true! After all, the white snow icing on the picture cake came true! I try hard to make it look effortless. Every single thing in my house gets decorated – mou … read on
03 June 2010
‘Practise Random Acts of Kindness’ Over the years I’ve seen this quotation on my greetings cards. It actually goes on to say "...and senseless acts of beauty”! Kindness is my favourite Golden Rule (tho’ I can often break it too). I’m just reading a book called ‘Why Kindness is Good for You’ (David Hamilton) and the great news is that scientific evidence proves kindness is physically goo … read on
21 May 2010
Sometimes what your body’n soul cries out for is just to be in the presence of great live music. Music you think if only you had the talent; their songs are exactly the ones you’d have written! So, in the last few weeks I went to see a new love and an old love. My new love I discovered last year at Glastonbury. My friends’ son had whisked me down TO THE FRONT AND THERE HE WAS…..I could … read on
19 May 2010
Any of you who have been on my training courses will know I regularly refer to life’s “ambushes”! Weeeeelll!! Finally Meg (my daughter), Zara (my website manager) and I arrive at a local hotel for a long overdue meeting about new ideas and resources for Positive Press. Briefing papers out, laptop on, mind alert – then I look out of the window (I’ve always had poor concentration!) and … read on
19 May 2010
� � Any of you who have been on my training courses will know I regularly refer to life’s “ambushes”!� Weeeeelll!!� Finally Meg (my daughter), Zara (my website manager) and I arrive at a local hotel for a long overdue meeting about new ideas and resources for Positive Press.� Briefing papers out, laptop on, mind alert – then I look out of the window (I’ve always had poor concentra … read on
23 April 2010
Hi everyone!.... Well, spring has truly sprung into our arms at last.’ Hosts of golden daffodils everywhere, sparkling sunlight on our nearby canal, smiley faces walking by.’ Aren’t we lucky here – we live in such a peaceful beautiful country.’ You all probably know that my model is also known as ‘The Golden Model’ – the gold of ’’emotional wealth.’ I advocate golden moments and golden … read on
13 April 2010
Every now and then, just when all my five energy wells are drying up, I get an international booking which, although always distinguished by an incredibly crammed timetable created especially for me, gives me back all my energy! The training week I have just returned from in St Pauls School in Sao Paulo, was one of these glorious golden bookings.’ International schools – yes, of course, … read on
07 April 2010
I haven’t ‘blogged’ for a little while now! To write a ‘blog’ you need to imagine you are sitting down on a comfortable chair, very relaxed, having a gentle reflective chat with friends. Recently my life gets so busy – I never seem to find that contemplative moment! But sometimes you are so jarred by a sharp sense of disquiet you are propelled to convince your friends to feel the sa … read on
25 March 2010
Do you know – I think people with a sense of fun are very precious. I just love the fact that I go around loads of schools and every now and then you find one where laughter ripples everywhere. There is often the odd whacky assembly – in Watercliffe Meadow the Deputy Head regularly fools the children by coming into assemblies in a range of different disguises. He is so good at it they g … read on
15 January 2010
Photo: A Golden Moment on Christmas day! Can Christmas really be called ‘a holiday’? The build up is so long and hectic. I don’t know how teachers cope. I went to see my new step-grandsons’ nativity play. This amazing school was putting it on twice in a day (afternoon and evening for working parents), for 2 days running. The kids were wired, the teachers tired. Of course it was wonderf … read on
29 November 2009
What a week – glitz, challenge, friends and witty children – all rolled into 5 days. It started with me speaking at the York Racecourse. A great conference venue for nearly 200 Teaching Assistants. Isn’t it brilliant that, after all these years, we now can ‘officially’ offer our TA’s heart-felt gratitude and appreciation.I remember as a class teacher, tired out, there were at least 6 chi … read on
15 November 2009
I have just spent two days working in a primary school. I am still tired and emotionally drained as the programme I facilitate means that I am right in the centre of what the staff have to face everyday. On the first day I work in the nursery and with KS1, running circle sessions with the children, whilst all the teachers, TA’s , and support staff sit on tables observing. I de-brief the … read on
09 November 2009
I’ve learnt a lot this week. I hadn’t realised how wonderful school business managers can be for overworked primary heads. They’ve been promoted and developed by the NCSL and they can save schools lots of money and do all sorts of ‘dross’ work that can free heads up to really be the leaders they need to be. I must be a bit clueless cos I hadn’t realised they’d been growing these last fou … read on
01 November 2009
Omigod! Just back from Enniskillen – I had 270 people in 1 room, sitting around a little circle of 20 children. Luckily children are unbelievably brave. Also they are opportunists – if the teacher (in this case, me) gives them a good time, they will give back a 100% attention. So, not one child eyes wandered around to the crowd. (mind you I give lots of praise for “good-looking skills – … read on
28 October 2009
I think everyone needs to throw themselves around a dance floor to pounding music every once in a while. It blasts away all feelings of ‘oldness’. I love Bellowhead (http://www.bellowhead.co.uk/) they’ve got so much energy and passion. They take all the old traditional songs and shanties and lovingly give them such a brilliant new ‘feel’. I feel like this about all ‘our’ street and pla … read on
12 October 2009
Early Years practitioners are lovely! The best among them laugh easily, are full of commonsense, grounded and playful. Very young children, like the very old, need such patience. They must not be hurried. For us hares it’s horribly difficult to stop and listen. To let go of all our issues and properly engage and encounter the individual trying to express complex feelings in their own ver … read on
09 October 2009
Yesterday was a joy. Just staff from one school in a beautiful old manor hotel. We sat in a circle with sunlight streaming through onto the deep gleam of wooden antique furniture. Could even smell the beeswax. The little school had saved up for years. They wanted to focus on building children’s self-esteem but knew that for this to happen you have to nurture the self-esteem of the adults … read on
05 October 2009
The last two days, last week, I’ve spent in a small infant school. The first day I ran 4 circle times (with all their teachers, MDSA’s etc. observing) and went out twice into the playground. IT WAS AMAZING. They had wonderful versatile equipment called ‘snugs’(?) which encourages the children to rearrange it/rock in it/balance on it/crawl through it. Fab. They also had a big green field … read on