Why I always say no thanks to Sainsburys’s Active Kids Schools vouchers

Whenever I fill up my car or interact with a human at Sainsbury’s I’m asked if I’m collecting the schools vouchers.  In years gone by I used to religiously collect them and vouchers from other supermarkets as well. Now I see the scheme for what it is – a shameless ploy by a supermarket to drive …

The trouble with the public sector (wasted money in education)

I was told this story by a close contact so I know it is true.  I have tried not to identify the school or local authority involved.  There is massive waste in the public sector – and this story illustrates some of the failings of the system. The story starts with a local authority education …

Health and Safety – whatever happened to common sense? (Local authority advice)

I was forwarded a copy of the email sent to site managers/heads across my local authority.   It seems we live in an age when no-one can take risks, and common sense cannot be left to the individual. These are some of the pearls of wisdom offered to site managers and heads: Details should be drawn …

It’s teacher bashing time

Image © Rob Gould @ Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0 As snow falls across the country, schools have closed for a variety of reasons.  Frustrated parents are quick to blame the teachers (we all need a scapegoat) and discussion forums fill up with comments about lazy teachers.  Too soon the conversation changes from “why can’t they …

Completing Warcraft 3 again – why a good computer game is like a good lesson.

Whilst tidying out my cupboards I found a copy of Warcraft 3 (and accompanying expansion the Frozen Throne).  Most games of this era had not survived my clearing culls, but this game has a soft spot in my heart.  Not only was it one of the best games I played with an excellent story line, …