When Social Media gets personal …

It was a dark and stormy night. Actually, it wasn’t. It was a cold, empty windswept Plymouth railway station platform just before midnight in October. Seated on a hard and spartan bench waiting for the Riviera Sleeper to Paddington. Now I know that sounds so Orient Express; very ornate, cosmopolitan and the height of chic;[…]

Budgies, foul-language and e-learning: tenets for improvement

Simple questions are often the most difficult to answer. A week or two ago I was fortunate enough to work with an “outstanding” Agricultural FE College in Kent. Being a city lad (and a scouser at that) I was of course impressed with the size of the campus and the excellent facilities but completely bowled-over by their[…]

Whiskey, Ofsted and E-safety; a recipe for effective practice

A battle-scarred educator once offered me his measured opinion over the last single malt of the evening at some god-forsaken conference in some god-forsaken hotel at some god-forsaken hour. “There are only two ways to get schools to do anything; inspect it or stick it in a league table”, he smiled …before passing wind and passing[…]

The Online Safety Message: Getting Realistic?

I have been involved now with online safety since the inception of educational broadband over 12 years ago. A brave new world that would thrust UK schools over the threshold of the 21st Century with fast, rich, scalable and, what we visioned, would be safe environments for learning. As the NGfL strategies evolved into ICTiS and then[…]