What Is the Purpose of Education?

Frederika Roberts | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics
Frederika Roberts

What do you think the purpose of education is? If you agree things need to change, what will you do about it? Whether you're a headteacher or a class teacher, at any stage of education, whether you're a parent, or a pupil, you have the power to make a difference in the small daily deliberate actions you take.

Nurturing Resilience in Our Children

Marc Smith | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Parents
Marc Smith

There's been a fair bit of talk recently about resilience - and how our children somehow lack it. Your own children might even have been taught about it in school and perhaps even had special 'resilience days'.

Disappointing A-Level Results? Don't Panic!

Frederika Roberts | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Frederika Roberts

13th August 2015 is the day many 18-year-olds will have been both eagerly awaiting and dreading since finishing their exams in June. A level results ...

Nepal Earthquake Was the Single Most Frightening Experience of My Life

Lisa Rutherford | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Lisa Rutherford

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25th April left the country reeling, killing over 8,000 people, injuring more than 18,000 and leaving 2.8 million people without homes. There was much talk that this earthquake was expected, but it seems that no amount of preparedness will be enough to keep pace with the increasing disaster risk...

Three Steps to Happiness

Vanessa King | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vanessa King

Is there a formula for happiness? Well not exactly - lots of things contribute to how we feel in the moment and about our lives overall, and it varies from person-to-person and over time. But if I had to pick a number - when it comes to happiness that might well be three.

The 'Betty Moment'

Trevor Silvester | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Silvester

If I look back for other occasions in my life when I've felt so helpless, so utterly incapable of influencing a situation, where I've surrendered to an imminent horror, none spring to mind. I'm sure if I persevered I could dredge a few up, but why burn happiness doing that?

If You Just Smile

Jo Haigh | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK
Jo Haigh

However good you are as a negotiator though the most underestimated skill is without a doubt keeping a sense of humour. I take my job and the anticipated outcomes very seriously indeed, often as I am negotiating on some matter that can have a massive effect on someone's livelihood.

The Five Keys of Workplace Resilience

Angela Smith | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Smith

Compassion is a wonderful key to have in your life in general, but most people don't think of it as being that useful in their jobs. Compassion for others is important, yes, but also remember to be compassionate with yourself.

Seven Things Resilient People Don't Do

Annie Ashdown | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Here's the thing: you have to choose what's important to you. To create success, you have to set aside time and make room for it. You have to cut out the negative committee and focus on what really matters to you.

Enough Is Enough: Why Too Much Motivational 'Stuff' Is Not Good For Your Career or Business Development

Carol Stewart | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carol Stewart

You have to get to the root cause of what is holding you back. You could spend millions chasing your dreams but unless you deal with the root cause, you will be making someone else richer whilst you stay the same.

How to Have a Calm and Content Christmas

Cat Williams | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Williams

Christmas can be one of the most stressful times of the year, particularly if we have family members who don't really get on with each other! What is the secret to staying calm throughout the festive season, no matter what it brings? It's self-esteem.

Anti-Bullying Month: Learning Resilience

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

November is anti-bullying month: with a rise in press campaigns and awareness around bullying, what is available to parents to support their bullied children, or to prevent their children becoming bullied?

Resilience - New Education Fad

Frank Furedi | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Frank Furedi

Education has always been blighted by fads and interventions devised in the fields of business administration, scientific management, psychology and social policy. Resilience is the latest such import.

What the Great British Bake Off Helped Me Teach My Daughter About Failure

Angela Smith | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Smith

I will share with you three mistakes I made that taught my daughter to fear failing and, how the Great British Bake Off helped me rectify those mistakes and build her resilience around failure.

The Inside Track: How to Turn a Struggling Sport Around

Adrian Moorhouse | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Sport
Adrian Moorhouse

At the Olympics, Great Britain only managed to win three medals, one Silver and two Bronze, falling short of the medal target of five to seven. However, at the Commonwealth Games the Home Nations have managed to rack up a staggering 45 medals, with 15 of them being Gold.

Three Things Your Children Can Teach You About Resilience

Angela Smith | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Smith

I have a bugbear, and that is the way resilience is described as simply bouncing back. Here is the thing. We all bounce back from the rubbish life throws at us one way or another. That in itself is not resilience. Resilience is the way we adapt and respond to the rubbish life throws at us. This will either strengthen or weaken your resilience over the years.

Why Europe's Universities Need 'Stress Testing' Even More Than the Banking Sector

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

State funding is being cut, European universities are dropping down the international rankings and less research is being produced... Many European campuses are in very poor functional and physical condition... the time to act is now.

An American Entrepreneur in London

Adele Barlow | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

When I stereotype the American startup founders I've met in London, I notice the gene that they seem to share with Penny - that American go-getter "shoot for the moon and even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" mindset. (Somewhere, my British friends are rolling their eyes at that cheesy quote.) Americans don't seem scared of their own idealism, whereas in British culture, I find brazen optimism often equated with stupidity.

Reflections on Curiosity: Did it Kill, Not Kill, or Simultaneously Kill and Not Kill the Cat?

Nigel Rayment | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK
Nigel Rayment

What a curious thing curiosity is. When we recently moved to our new home in rural Herefordshire we were accompanied by our cat Cokie. After three days he was nowhere to be found. We assumed, sadly, that he had set off on a futile effort to retrace his steps to his native London.

Ever Feel Like an Outsider? You Are Not Alone

Devi Clark | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Devi Clark

Humans are social animals. We thrive when we feel understood and accepted. Our mental and physical health levels sink when we are lonely or fear rejection. So if we feel threatened by rejection, we do our best to avoid it.

Want to Become More Mindful? Try Moments of Collective Self Reflection

George Pór | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
George Pór

Why are such moments essential to better organisational results? Because building on solo mindfulness, intersubjective practices are enhancing the capacity for: mindful collaboration (that is more effective, efficient, enjoyable); boosting collective intelligence and wisdom; heightening situational awareness...

Boxing Clever for Resilience

Nigel Rayment | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nigel Rayment

In general I'm about as fond of boxing as I am of packing and unpacking boxes. But if you were seeking an example of what resilience might look like in action, you could do worse than watch Muhammed Ali at his peak. Ali, of course, famously spoke of his capacity to "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee," and there's no denying his ability to meld grace with power.

Loss and Grief Meet Gratitude, Inner Strength and Resilience

Sandi Wassmer | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Wassmer

In the course of everyday life it's easy for me to sit back on my meditation cushion and assert that my heart and mind are equanimous, that I possess inner peace, strength and resilience and that I'm able to handle whatever life throws at me with an open heart.

Seven Steps to Flourishing: Plant the Seeds to Be Happier This Spring

Cheryl Rickman | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cheryl Rickman

As the winter blues and grey rainy days subside and we step towards the promise of blue skies and sunshine, it's the perfect opportunity to shake off the gloom and instead bloom with positivity. How?

Tell Me What Is My Name?

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Jonathan Stanley

An effect of trauma can be experiences of disorientation and disconnection. Impingement on a person can be so severe that it has the potential to inhibit the development or fracture fragile identity, or there is a need for pathological compliance with the demands of another that are inimical to your own best interests.