Yoga Bliss!

I have returned home from the most exquisite yoga class.  I was listening to Jon Kabat Zinn’s book Full Catastrophe Living last week where he eloquently reminded me of the benefits of Hatha Yoga.  I was very fortunate to learn Hatha Yoga at a young age.  My grandparents taught me and practised with me whenever .. read more

On November 5th, 2012, posted in: Blog by

Exploring Parenting & Teaching Parallels

Next Monday I launch my first book “Every Teacher Matters – Inspiring Well-being through Mindfulness”   I’ve been asked repeatedly if it’s useful for parents.  Yes is the answer!  As a mum of 3 boys, I have been using the techniques ever since they were little – to help me and to help them cope with .. read more

On September 13th, 2012, posted in: Blog by

The Education Debates Begin!

What do you think school is for? What do you believe should be taught in schools? Last night respected speakers on Education came together to debate what school is fundamentally for.  It was a superb evening of conflicting opinions about what is important for a child. Views varied – academia vs vocational; age dependent academic .. read more

Teachers must ‘parent’ failing pupils

The Independent reported today that “Heads and teachers in the country’s most disadvantaged schools should be “surrogate parents” so their pupils spend less time on difficult estates and with unsupportive parents, chief schools inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw said yesterday.” According to Felicia Huppert, Professor of Psychology, Director of the Well-being Institute, University of Cambridge  “In .. read more

Out of your Control or Out of Control?

So many things are out of your control.  The best laid plans and all that…  You can be the most organised teacher and lay down contingency plans for seemingly every eventually you think humanly possible and still something happens that you simply could not have foreseen. The challenge is how you cope with and manage .. read more

On July 16th, 2012, posted in: Blog by

Fun & Frolicking!

Just a little reminder to have fun! The wedding was, as I imagined a beautiful (and wet) day. I had lots of fun. I danced my heart out and had lots of fun dancing with friends that I love. Today I feel blessed, satisfied and content. I gave myself permission to have fun, let my .. read more

On July 15th, 2012, posted in: Blog by

Wellies Wedding!

I’m up in Gloucestershire for a friend’s wedding today.  The ceremony and celebrations will be in the middle of a field.  Needless to say, it has not been and is not “ideal” weather.  The summer of 2012 has been a wash out.  As I gaze out of the  window all I see is a flat .. read more

On July 14th, 2012, posted in: Blog by

End of Term Tension

By the end of term exhaustion levels are so high, that tempers tend to flare and tolerance levels are low – on the part of students as well as the teachers.  I was supporting a group of teachers in a specialist autism school yesterday where the school is undergoing radical restructuring.  Not only are the .. read more