• Children’s Grief Awareness Week                       –                 Facing The Inevitable
    Children’s Grief Awareness Week – Facing The Inevitable

    “Nothing is certain except death and taxes” is probably one of the most famous quotes in the world. Written by Benjamin Franklin in a letter back in 1789, it still rings true over 200 hundred years later. However, despite the fact we all know we are mortal, in many ways as a society we are becoming less able to talk about the prospect.

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  • Creativity Takes Courage
    Creativity Takes Courage

    Henri Matisse said that ‘Creativity takes courage.’ Just as significantly, creativity in the curriculum inspires courage in young learners. In a world where the landscape of traditional professions is set to be transformed by the ever advancing march of technology, we need to enable our pupils to become innovative and creative thinkers, at ease with unexpected perspectives and fresh ideas.

    The creative industries contribute almost £90bn net to the UK’s GDP and more than 10% of British workers already work in this expanding sector of the economy. In a complex, unstable, exciting world, it is those young people who are able to blend technological understanding with creative energy and intuition who will flourish in the second half of the twenty first century.

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  • Future Proofing Students
    Future Proofing Students

    In an increasingly sophisticated and fluid job market, schools will have to adapt their thinking to prepare their students for an uncertain future. The landscape of the traditional labour market has shifted, the era of the lifelong career is changing, there is a shift from corporate career ladders to project based careers. We have to prepare young people for the jobs that don’t yet exist, to exploit opportunities and to create their own jobs and careers.

    More and more employees today are temporary, contract, freelance, part-time or external. We may mourn the loss of pensions and the safety net that they represented, the loss of a predictable career path makes it hard to form plans but also allows for opportunities to pivot and change direction and provides ownership – future career paths will be made by having transferrable skills, being flexible and moving.

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  • Securing your Child’s Future
    Securing your Child’s Future

    Correctly drafted wills are key to managing assets for the future financial security of your family and you should make sure they are regularly updated as your family grows and develops.

    With relation to young families, one aspect of will writing that often gets overlooked is the question of guardianship for children, should both parents pass away whilst the children are still legally classified as minors (generally under 18 years in this respect). If you do not appoint a guardian to look after your children and no other surviving parent with parental responsibility exists, then the family court will decide who to appoint as guardians for your children. This may very well not be someone your children know or are close to and could lead to disputes amongst your family.

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  • Nurturing the University Transition
    Nurturing the University Transition

    The move to university represents a major life change with all of the excitement, but also some of the worry, that change brings about. As you prepare to make that move, your A Level exams just around the corner and UCAS offers in mind, getting the grades is your main focus (and rightly so). Your grades become your passport to university, to a new way of learning and living, and to future career opportunities.

    This move, however, is about more than just the brown envelope in your hand on results day. It may be the first time you have lived away from home, dealing with the challenges that life throws up without your usual support network. With it will come a new set of opportunities: meeting and living with new people; making new friends; joining new clubs; and experiencing new ways of learning. It’s important, therefore, to think about using other skills that will prepare you for university life, to cope with new pressures and thrive in a different, academically challenging environment.

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