Aide-memoire: why rich memories are key for learning

Aide-memoire: why rich memories are key for learning

Next month we’re off to the Vendée for our holiday and I’m really excited, as well as nostalgic – it was a popular choice of my parents when my brother and I were small. It’s got me thinking about the crucial role of the senses in locking in memories – helping...
“Curiouser and curiouser”

“Curiouser and curiouser”

When you see plane trails in the sky, do you ever like to imagine where the plane-loads of people are zooming off to? Since I was little I’ve always wondered about them, and now when I ask my own children they give exotic answers like: ‘Bristol’ or ‘Alton Towers’, and...
Need inspiration? Try the great outdoors…

Need inspiration? Try the great outdoors…

My walk for the school-run was glorious this morning. It takes me through the park and along the riverbank, so with today’s cloudless sky and the day already baking hot, it was a recipe for mindfulness. As so often happens when I’m outside, it inspired me. When I have...
Don’t settle. Do what you love.

Don’t settle. Do what you love.

“What if I fall? Oh but my darling, what if you fly?” – Erin Hansen When I left university, I just needed a job. The concept that it should be something I was passionate about was pretty low down the list of priorities. I had the usual debts and if I’m...
Make like a daffodil – why renewal is key

Make like a daffodil – why renewal is key

Last year we turfed a chunk of our garden….what a rock ‘n’ roll life I lead, eh? But if you’ve ever done it yourself, you’ll know how long it takes to dig out the soil, and in our case all the wonderful bulbs in our traditional 1930’s-style borders. The rose bushes...
Be creative. Be brave.

Be creative. Be brave.

At the launch of a leadership programme the other day, I asked the group what they were each looking to achieve. One of the participants said: ‘I’m hoping it will make me creative’. I’m really looking forward to exploring that with her – because as I jotted that...