Childhood & Learning, Social Change

COVID-19 Open Letter to Headteacher

European governments are taking increasingly stringent measures to address the threat of the Coronavirus. Only the UK appears to be dragging its feet, delaying the inevitable with potentially huge implications. I'm writing to the head of my children's school, asking her to add her voice to pressure our government into taking more decisive action, quickly.… Continue reading COVID-19 Open Letter to Headteacher

Social Change

Your Vote – Now It Counts, Now It Doesn’t

Counting is a rudimentary mathematical skill, but in the UK's general elections, some votes count more than others. Whatever else can be said about yesterday's results, they highlight the need for urgent electoral reform. I don't normally venture into the murky world of politics in my blog posts, but today I'll risk it in order… Continue reading Your Vote – Now It Counts, Now It Doesn’t

Childhood & Learning, Music, Social Change

Smart Education – Could Music Be THE Vital Ingredient?

Funding for music education continues to be slashed. But this may be more counterproductive than we realise. A man is walking his dog in the woods when he hears the deep "thud, thud" of an axe on wood. Sure enough, a little later he comes across a man chopping down a tree. The woodcutter is… Continue reading Smart Education – Could Music Be THE Vital Ingredient?

Childhood & Learning, Parenting, Personal, Social Change

Building Community – Home Start-Style

I wrote this article for the Mother Magazine in 2015, while volunteering for Home Start the year before my youngest was born. It never made it to the printing press for one reason or another so I'm publishing it here. The time I spent with my Home Start family was so worth it! A few… Continue reading Building Community – Home Start-Style

Childhood & Learning, Music, Social Change

Look alive! Four reasons for fostering Joy through music in our children

Measuring outcomes has become the holy grail in our education system. But could nurturing our children's souls be far more important and could music play a vital role? Welcome to the age of standardized childhood. Well before our little ones enter the world they are measured, quantified and rated. Ultrasound scans estimate size, weight and… Continue reading Look alive! Four reasons for fostering Joy through music in our children

Childhood & Learning, Parenting, Social Change

An Ode to Fascination

Academic success appears to be the be-all and end-all in life, especially if you listen to our politicians. But could the way there be very different from the route they advocate? We live in a high-stakes society where existential angst and fear of failing are rife. Nowhere is this more in evidence than in the… Continue reading An Ode to Fascination

Childhood & Learning, Music, Parenting, Personal, Social Change

The Journey Begins

Hi there, thank you for joining me on my new blog! It's been in the pipeline for quite some time and I've finally decided to give it a go and kick off. ​I'm a bit of a mish-mash, a work-in-progress, lots of different strands, all being woven together into a pattern that I don't understand… Continue reading The Journey Begins