The spotlight on the activities of the likes of Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris, and current concerns about possible cover ups of establishment figures, must not distract us from our responsibility to ensure that today's child protection services function well.
With the lack of boys to make us mentally edit our conversation, no topic was off-limits. Periods and sex were very openly discussed, and if you had a problem or worry you could almost always discover the solution.
Too many students believe that straight As are the only golden ticket to a fantastic career, and write-off the value of broader workplace skills. We shouldn't let young people fall into the trap of thinking that exams are all that matter.
London alone is anticipated to be 300,000 digital workers short by 2020, with an additional one million vacancies across Europe... Programming is infiltrating all industries, not just tech... we are beginning to break down these barriers to help people realise that anyone can learn how to code.
The main culprit is not the curriculum content or assessment design or even the management style. It's actually the lack of space and time within the structure that causes so much of the stress and disharmony. Education toxicity swells as basic human needs are left unattended in the system.
What I dislike is the lack of regulation, and the rise of start-up companies with neither the knowledge nor experience to share such specialist animals with the public. The problem with animal encounter companies can be split broadly into two main areas: animal welfare, and, public safety.
Removing the collective worship requirement is not a call to jettison all trace of religion from schools... Legally imposing a daily act of worship, in which pupils by law are required to "take part", goes beyond the legitimate function of the state and violates the human right of freedom of belief for children and young people.
Anticipating coffee and a bun on the second morning of the holidays, I was assaulted by the first Back to School display of summer. No sooner have the holidays begun than we're preparing for them to end: hardly had I dragged myself home on that final half day of term, than the postman assured me with a cheeky grin that the break would be 'gone before I knew it.'
'Teachers in a 'drunken brawl' on school trip to Barcelona'. That was the headline that I returned to when emerging from a detox retreat (my partner chose not to tell me the 'news' until my 'quiet time' was over to avoid any disruption to my focus on mental and emotional peace!).
Since the World Cup started, Brazilian children have been enjoying the entertainment as much as children anywhere. Schools are closed in most areas for this month, but while those classes will be made up in December and January for most pupils..
Ofsted's chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw recently stated on Radio 4 that "More than two-thirds of our poorest children - and in some of our poorest communities that goes up to eight children out of 10 - go to school unprepared,".
What I want to question is though, why the government has just started wanting to help mental health in schools? They have had years to do so, even by providing teachers better training with Mental Health awareness and understanding or making Mental Health a compulsory unit in Science or ECM, yet they have failed to do anything until recently...
With the knowledge that we were going to have to make do with two wheels instead of four, we quickly adjusted. The school run, it turned out, was a gentle 300 meters journey of flat, quiet suburban back roads with one pelican-crossing... simple! The commute was straightforward and the bike was a great way of getting to school.
The recent high profile media coverage of so called Islamist takeover of Birmingham schools has been really interesting to follow, yet equally depressing .There is a real Islamophobic drive within this some of the background and context of this...
You wouldn't let a stranger babysit your child, and you would protect your child against physical danger. Yet every day strangers have direct access to our children's fertile minds, through their mobiles, tablets, TVs, computers and game boxes.
I do find it both incredible and alarming how often senior public sector managers, executives (and indeed managers and executives in the business and charity sectors too) and politicians fail to recognise the critical importance of their staff towards the fulfilment of their ambitions and delivering desired outcomes.