Humility & Resilience

“Humility and resilience” are the key characteristics that Rob Carpenter, this week’s Pivotal Podcast guest, has required to successfully lead two inner city schools; lessons he has learned from the children he works with in the London borough of Greenwich. Rob gives us an insight into life as a learner in his schools  and the …
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Spring Wobbles

Written by Paul Dix It has been a long term for Mercedes. At the beginning of the year she arrived in your classroom closed, angry with a penchant for screaming fits. Through a great deal of perseverance and hard work you have worked with her to open conversations up, manage the anger and reduce the …
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King of the Hill

Written by Paul Dix Scenario Jack is famous. ‘King of the Hill’ for all the wrong reasons. His notoriety has steadily increased; his reputation sends a cold shiver through the staff room and younger children speak his name in whispered admiration. Stepping back from the daily chaos that surrounds Jack you realise that in your …
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Mental Health Chaos and Crisis

Written by Paul Dix   How many times must a 9-year-old threaten suicide before the adults will drop the bureaucratic defences and actually help. I have lost count of the number of times children in desperate situations have been flatly refused help or deliberately been referred to another agency to delay intervention. Last week a …
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