photo by wildlifetrusts.org A thing of beauty is a joy forever/Its loveliness increases; it will never/Pass into nothingness. Keats – from Endymion Tipton: 1974. When I was young I had a love of natural history. Specifically newts. Near my house as a small boy I would idle away hours fishing in a wasteland pond with … Continue reading Is that a newt in my curriculum?
Cobwebs in October Low-slung nets made visible by dew Appear suddenly one morning. Trampolines of soft breath And droplet-beaded precision. The seesaw song of the chaffinch Bounces off allium globes. Ghostly lines Lassoed over St Johns Wort, And spiders go-ape Between herbaceous, hammock-weaved heaven. Cat’s-cradles: the fingers of branches, And every bush, every stalk is … Continue reading Cobwebs in October
1. Getting the right team? It's not always about the big names. Yesterday's winners Notts Outlaws could have picked their test player Stuart Broad, but they didn't. Instead they chose the right team for the right format, and the consistent players who had got them to the final. Actually on finals day, the biggest names … Continue reading What T20 Finals Day taught me…about going back to school
Summer. A time to take stock. To watch films and read stories about people and dream. To watch cricket... Childhood heroes This week I watched Michael Holding’s 1976 massacre of England during a rain-stopped-play moment in the recent England thrashing of South Africa in the 3rd Test. A re-run of Holding splintering England wickets. Silky, smooth … Continue reading Our heroes matter
In Louise Tickle's powerful article in The Guardian this week here, she looks closely at the approach to using Restorative Justice in schools. The article reflects on the number of children who have been permanently excluded across Gloucestershire, and across the UK, but then considers the impact of the technique of Restorative Justice on shifting the behaviour culture in our schools. It is a … Continue reading The healing power of Restorative Justice
Follow link to Louise Tickle's powerful article here in The Guardian this week which looks closely at our approach to using Restorative Justice at GA:
At the start of shift 3 she hands me a tea, Just half a sugar. Like I like it now. In the day room. Like a regular. A too-familiar welcome for a place We want to leave. While somewhere in the quiet, Subterranean darkness, a registrar Half my age, is cutting up my perfectly-shaped boy. As … Continue reading Christmas at the Gloucester Royal
Sharp-angled sunshine catches up with us On Hay Bluff, racing over bracken bent By showers stacking up against the dark And brooding layers of the Black Mountains. My boy and I we laugh along the ridge, Gaze across the peak of Lord Hereford’s Knob, And giggle at the future insults we will trade. We slide … Continue reading ‘Lord Hereford’s Knob’ – The Black Mountains
Jack Morris is a good friend of my son and plays cricket in Gloucester Academy sports hall on a Thursday night with the County squad. He says it is the bounciest surface he’s ever played on. He is only 16, but has strong arms and shoulders, a steady eye and his timing of the ball is sensational. … Continue reading The Slingshot – talent or practise?
“What’s the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” (Gary Keller – The One Thing) Some of the reading I have been doing recently and some of the visits to schools over the past few months (Nova Hreod in Swindon; Magna in Poole and … Continue reading Kindness – Why phones don’t work, and why disruption-free classrooms do