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Read the latest blog posts and thought leadership from our former principal, Tricia Kelleher.

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  • Climate emergency: Offering young people hope, expertise and inspiration for a better future

    Published 09/03/20

    “Climate emergency” was proclaimed by the Oxford Dictionary as Word of the Year in 2019.
    The winner of the annual word fest is judged to reflect “the ethos, mood, or preoccupations
    of that particular year”.  It will be interesting to see whether “eco anxiety”, the inevitable
    concomitant of climate emergence, emerges as the word of 2020.

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  • Together making every child’s future on this planet better

    Published 17/05/19

    Over the last few months the world has witnessed something quite extraordinary.

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  • The power of language learning and music in a world divided

    Published 27/02/19

    As Brexit saturates the media, Tricia Kelleher celebrates the power of language learning and musical opportunity to do good, both within our schools and in the world beyond.

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  • Doing the right thing when truth is hard to find

    Published 30/11/18

    We must ensure our young learners understand how important it is to do the right thing, however hard that may be, explains Tricia Kelleher. 

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  • Ethical leadership and young people

    Published 17/09/18

    Tricia Kelleher examines the need for ethical leadership amongst young people in today's chaotic world.

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  • The 'untidy' education our young people desperately need

    Published 24/04/18

    What can we do to ensure that our young people are learners for the lives they will lead? Tricia Kelleher, Principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation, argues that it's time to think differently about education.

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  • Textbooks or tech books?

    Published 06/12/17

    As we educate our young people for their future, we should be using digital tools to support their learning. Tricia Kelleher, Principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation, argues for tech books not textbooks.

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  • When testing becomes the curriculum

    Published 12/10/17

    Interestingly Amanda Spielman, Chief Inspector of Ofsted, is raising red flags around the narrowing of the curriculum in schools. 

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  • Education is life itself

    Published 23/06/17

    “O tempore o mores” as Jacob Rees-Mogg might say. Or “OMG what on earth is going on?” as other less rarified individuals would say.

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  • Lies, damned lies and critical thinking

    Published 23/03/17

    Knowledge is power. Or is it? It is fair to say that there has been something of an onslaught on the integrity and indeed authority of knowledge in recent times.  

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  • What has creativity ever done for us?

    Published 01/03/17

    As we all know too well, we live in a hard-nosed age where the school curriculum has to deliver value for money.  Within the curriculum, creative subjects can offer low hanging fruit to hard-pressed headteachers looking to balance budgets and to deliver on the government's educational agenda. So the question has to be asked: What has creativity ever done for us? 

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  • Tolerance, understanding and compassion - Jo Cox MP

    Published 13/02/17

    I have been employed in education as a teacher and latterly a leader for over thirty years. Given my subject is History, I have always been cautious about engaging in politics. Far be it for me to expound my views to young people on how they should live their lives.

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  • Teenage mental health is more than a political soundbite

    Published 10/01/17

    Principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation, Tricia Kelleher, has championed Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to focus mental health reforms on young people - but while teachers can recognise a student's need for help, CAMHS needs more funding so they can help. 

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  • Teachers, your country needs you!

    Published 15/12/16

    Principal, Tricia Kelleher, discusses the current teacher shortage and how critical our teachers are for our young people.

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  • Brexit and the younger generation ​​​​​​​

    Published 15/12/16

    Tricia Kelleher, Principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation, discusses Brexit and how this could impact our younger generations.

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  • Educating our young people as global citizens in an uncertain world

    Published 09/11/16

    Our Principal, Tricia Kelleher, discusses the new President-elect, Donald Trump, and what this means for our young people.

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  • Love thy neighbour – education and immigration

    Published 06/10/16

    Tricia Kelleher, Principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation reflects on the recent HMC independent school leaders conference and the debate it raised.

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  • The real ticking time bomb in our schools

    Published 09/09/16

    So where have all the teachers gone? The existential crisis of our times in education is in teacher recruitment and retention. Just as we have lost the familiar conveyor belt of teacher recruits with university education faculties across the country face the challenge of funding PGCE places and Teach First grappling with high drop out rates, there also is the growing disaffection of serving teachers. A report from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has found that 23% of teachers are considering quitting teaching compared with just 17% last year with workload identified as a key reason for the increase. It is fair to say that Headteachers across the country are despairing about maintaining staffing levels in their schools.

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