This summer I graduated from the Open University having studied Creative Writing and English Literature on their Open Degree pathway. Like so many who opt to study with the OU, I did so because of the flexibility it offered. I’ve since been reflecting on how that flexibility worked for me in practice around my commitments…… Continue reading Study Tips For Students
Goldilocks has a bad reputation. What with the trespassing and the criminal damage, she’s not too popular, especially amongst bears. I think she might have been on to something though. Hear me out… You know the story. A curious girl stops off (uninvited) at a house in the woods, scoffs some porridge, has a kip…… Continue reading Goldilocks Was On To Something
In 2015, whilst on maternity leave with my second child, I felt a sense of restlessness and a loss of identity. I had a sense that something needed to change but I couldn’t quite identify what. Unable to get clarity, I asked myself some of my favourite questions I’ve asked my coaching clients and then…… Continue reading There’s No Such Thing As The Perfect Time
I was intrigued by the subtitle of Wim Hof’s book ‘Activate Your Potential, Transcend Your Limits’ and also by a man who is comfortable sitting in ice cold temperatures in his pants! I don’t do well in the cold so I was open to ‘transcending’ my own limits in this area, as a personal challenge. The…… Continue reading The Wim Hof Method: I Tried It And Survived!
Connecting to nature is part of my self-care, so having a bright, colourful outdoor space at home is important to me. I’m not much of a gardener but I do try to have a go. I take tips from the seasoned gardeners in my family but mostly, it’s trial and error. I’ve had a reasonable…… Continue reading Life Lessons From The Garden
I was recently given a crash course in how to use iMovie. I wasn’t a particularly willing student but my teacher was patient, encouraging and affirming. She sensed my discomfort and gently guided me. That teacher was my eight-year-old daughter. Creating a friendly environment for me to learn in, came naturally to her. I felt…… Continue reading Bringing Your Expertise
Recently I had a mid-morning Zoom call with a regular client, who I’ll call Ellie. As the call connected, she immediately apologised for her camera being off and confessed “The thing is, I’m still in my dressing gown”. I joked that I was fully dressed ‘for a change’ and gave her a twirl to prove…… Continue reading Vulnerability could help improve our relationships.
8th March 2021 “And since we all came from a woman, got our name from a woman and our game from a woman… I wonder why we take from our women…” Tupac Shakur, Keep Ya Head Up (1993) These lyrics from 28 years ago are deep rooted in my existence. Tupac struck a chord with…… Continue reading IWD: Give Them Their Flowers Whilst They Can Smell Them
17th January 2021 Diversity and equity is something that anyone reading this, I am sure wholeheartedly believes in, visualises and works towards creating in our education system and society. I am an advocate of all of the protected characteristics, and work to challenge the systemic prejudices we all face. My views are through the lens…… Continue reading A Rare Breed: The Lesser-Spotted Black Male Teacher
16th June 2020 Adrian McLean is a former Head Teacher who has worked in a range of Secondary Schools. As a member of the Central Team for the Severn Academies Education Trust, Adrian works with staff, students and parents to understand the importance of personal values and character and how these influence success, both in…… Continue reading Unlocking Education