Heartsong: latest from my Blog

Good luck and well done to Georgina, Nicola and Emma of St Bernard’s High School!

Early in 2014, I visited St Bernard’s High School, Southend, and had a stimulating and satisfying day with several year groups, talking about the learning brain and understanding stress....

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Help your brain FLOURISH – for schools

For years, I’ve taught a model of brain health which I call FLOURISH. My BRAIN STICKS™ classroom materials are based around this and it’s eye-opening, simple and empowering, suitable for...

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No libraries, no readers – simple

Today, I’m over on The Awfully Big Blog Adventure, talking about the point of libraries and librarians when everything (actually not even nearly everything, but anyway) is online....

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Beating the January blues

I was asked to write an article for the Guardian, giving my ten top tips for beating the January blues, aimed at teenagers (though it’s not so different...

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In which I get stressed in a swimming pool

I went swimming in an actual swimming-pool yesterday. I’m still recovering from the trauma. I hadn’t been to a public pool (and I don’t have a private one)...

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