Life in the Sandpit | suecowley

If you spend any length of time working in the early years sector, you start to get the feeling that you are not seen to be quite as intellectual or rational as those working in other phases. This doesn’t come from everyone, by any means, or even from the majority, but it is the narrative from a small but fairly influential group of commentators. It’s nothing obvious – no one comes right out and says it, but there is definitely a subtext that working with the under 5’s is (a) not particularly hard, and (b) means one becomes far too prone to emotional reactions. While everyone is happy to say…

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Life in the Sandpit | suecowley

If you spend any length of time working in the early years sector, you start to get the feeling that you are not seen to be quite as intellectual or rational as those working in other phases. This doesn’t come from everyone, by any means, or even from the majority, but it is the narrative from a small but fairly influential group of commentators. It’s nothing obvious – no one comes right out and says it, but there is definitely a subtext that working with the under 5’s is (a) not particularly hard, and (b) means one becomes far too prone to emotional reactions. While everyone is happy to say…

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Tread Softly | suecowley

But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
W. B. Yeats

In the summer of 2016, we were staying at the children’s grandparents’ house in Portugal, when one of our Portuguese cousins discovered a bucketful of kittens behind the garage. The kittens were at that gorgeous, still tiny stage, where they spent most of their time feeding with their mother, stumbling around the logs and bricks that were piled up along the wall, or sleeping in the hot Portuguese sun. The children who were staying at grandma’s house,…

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A Culture of Trust | suecowley

“(S)he who does not trust enough will not be trusted.”

Lao Tzu

Trust is a strange thing. There is no way that someone can prove themselves worthy of your trust, unless you put your trust in them in the first place. But what if the person you put your trust in lets you down, the moment that you hand your trust over? We have to be brave to trust, but we also need to be realistic – no one can do everything on their own, we have to rely on others. Plus which one of us can say that we never let someone else down? None of us are perfect, so let she who is without sin cast the first stone. It’s…

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A Culture of Trust | suecowley

“(S)he who does not trust enough will not be trusted.”

Lao Tzu

Trust is a strange thing. There is no way that someone can prove themselves worthy of your trust, unless you put your trust in them in the first place. But what if the person you put your trust in lets you down, the moment that you hand your trust over? We have to be brave to trust, but we also need to be realistic – no one can do everything on their own, we have to rely on others. Plus which one of us can say that we never let someone else down? None of us are perfect, so let she who is without sin cast the first stone. It’s…

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Represent | suecowley

This board, for quite a large MAT, doesn’t seem the most representative:https://t.co/LSTlHkxzW1

— Warwick Mansell (@warwickmansell) December 11, 2017

If you take a look at the Board of Directors of this multi academy trust, you will notice something very odd. I know it’s hard to believe, but here we are in the twenty first century, at a time when equality is supposedly at the forefront of all our minds, and yet we have a board made up entirely of white (mostly business) men. Perhaps even more startling than this, though, is the fact that no one in this MAT stopped to think that this…

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Represent | suecowley

This board, for quite a large MAT, doesn’t seem the most representative:https://t.co/LSTlHkxzW1

— Warwick Mansell (@warwickmansell) December 11, 2017

If you take a look at the Board of Directors of this multi academy trust, you will notice something very odd. I know it’s hard to believe, but here we are in the twenty first century, at a time when equality is supposedly at the forefront of all our minds, and yet we have a board made up entirely of white (mostly business) men. Perhaps even more startling than this, though, is the fact that no one in this MAT stopped to think that this…

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