Tag Archives: Spirituality

That Candle Thing

Way back, a long time ago – as in before I had become a teacher (i.e. before I had QTS), Lynne Scholefield produced an interesting article called ‘Can we do that candle thing again?’ (British Journal of Religious Education, Volume … Continue reading

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A Return to Green Knowe

I want to come back to a previous post, in which I reflected on adult perspectives on children’s literature by asking what certain adult characters might have made of their part in a child’s story. Here, I want to reflect as … Continue reading

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Reimagining Spirituality

Sometimes blogging takes off. In this case, Lindsay Jordan, a fellow academic and doctoral student’s reflection on the philosophy of education – sometimes hers, sometimes more generally – produces some really worthwhile stuff.  Go and have a look: she makes a good … Continue reading

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Innocence and Childhood – thoughts for St Agnes’ Day

Some random thoughts here. Not sure I can bring them all together but here goes. The monk, peace activist and writer Thomas Merton wrote a couple of poems on the child-martyr Agnes. The one here is in some ways the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Leadership, Management and Ethos

A colleague of mine, an expert in how groups and professionals communicate, once asked me what I felt makes a good leader. I gave her a copy of the Rule of St Benedict.  Oxford Brookes, as I write, is searching … Continue reading

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Father Christmas: an apology

In Private Eye there is a running gag in which news media retract a statement about a celebrity and change it to the opposite: David Cameron is not a rich idiot but the saviour of the nation; David Beckham is … Continue reading

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Thirteenth Night

Richard Greene is a scholar (his University page from Toronto is here), a wit and a friend. He is most widely known, I would guess, for his excellent work on literary biography. However, he also a poet of no little … Continue reading

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Calleva Atrebatum and all that

It hardly seems worth putting links to the claims and counter-claims that have followed Michael Gove’s irascible statements about Blackadder views of World War I.   Perhaps the best (and genuinely critical) précis of the [can I call it?] debate, is … Continue reading

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A quick and not so quick think about spirituality

Just two links: the RSA blog looks to Jonathan Rowson on spirituality, and for awe and wonder can we beat the Mediterranean volcanoes that perhaps first gave the Peoples of the Book their definition of transcendent majesty? So here (not … Continue reading

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The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean telt by hisself

Just some quick thoughts as a sort of review of David Almond‘s book, published by Puffin, 2011, which I used with my Y3 students reflecting on the literary representations of  learning to read. It could just as well have been … Continue reading

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