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Celebrating a career spent championing ethical leadership

Celebrating a career spent championing ethical leadership

More from this theme Recent articles As Carolyn Roberts retires, ending a 23-year headship career in which she has both championed and embodied ethical leadership, her parting question to the sector is one that she believes school leaders have been “reluctant” to answer. “What are schools actually for?” At a time when pupil absenteeism remains stubbornly high, Roberts worries that many families are asking that question, even if headteachers aren’t. She leads Thomas Tallis, an “old fashioned liberal comprehensive” in Greenwich which has, “by default” rather than design, become a “magnet” school for children with SEND. Around 30 per cent of its pupils are on the special needs register – around double what it was when Roberts took over in 2013. But a proud determination for her school to remain inclusive and provide a broad curriculum has had financial repercussions. She’s “managed to push budget catastrophe a year ahead…but it won’t balance next year”. The Stockton-on-Tees native stutters slightly when provoked by issues that rattle her. Lately, there have been a few. Carolyn Roberts at …

Billions are spent on educational technology, but we don’t know if it works

Billions are spent on educational technology, but we don’t know if it works

During the COVID lockdowns, schools and universities worldwide relied on education technology – edtech – to keep students learning. They used online platforms to give lessons, mark work and send feedback, used apps to teach and introduced students to programs that let them work together on projects. In the aftermath of school closures, the market for edtech has kept on growing. The value of the sector is projected to rise to US$132.4 billion globally by 2032 (£106 billion). The problem is that we don’t know very much about how effective many edtech apps or programs are – or if they are effective at all. And some effects may be negative. Some of the so-called educational apps advertised to families show many adverts to children. They may use manipulative features to keep children on screens without teaching them anything new. This technology is here to stay and will remain a significant part of how children learn – so knowing whether it works is imperative. EdTech is here to stay in classrooms and homes. Ground Picture/Shutterstock Assessing …

I spent a few nights in Tampere, the ‘wannabe’ Eurovision city – and it put on the show of a lifetime

I spent a few nights in Tampere, the ‘wannabe’ Eurovision city – and it put on the show of a lifetime

I’ve been following Eurovision for years now, through the highs and given I’m a British fan the many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many lows. But one country that also doesn’t have a flawless record is Finland, who has only won the competition once, back in 2006 with the memorable Lordi and ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’. Now while I’m fully backing Olly Alexander and his song ‘Dizzy’ to allow the UK to host once again when it comes to 2025, following my three-night stay in Tampere, Finland, I would not be mad if Windows95man brings the crown back to the Scandinavian country. © Matthew MooreThe views on the frozen lake were mind-blowing After nearly snatching the title last year with Käärijä’s ‘Cha Cha Cha’, Eurovision fever has really swept Finland and you could feel that just walking around the city, which was already going all out from hosting Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), which is Finland’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. National landmarks were lit up in pink and purple, UMK’s signature colours, …

Mom Calls Daughter’s Wedding A Joke Because She Spent 20K But Didn’t Feed Any Guests

Mom Calls Daughter’s Wedding A Joke Because She Spent 20K But Didn’t Feed Any Guests

A mom is questioning whether she might’ve done more harm than good after giving her daughter a stark reality check about how she decided to plan her wedding.  Posting to the subreddit r/AITA, she explained that since her daughter got married, the wedding ceremony has been a huge topic of discussion in their family for all the wrong reasons. She called her daughter’s wedding ‘a joke’ after she spent $20K but didn’t feed the guests. In her since-deleted Reddit post, she explained that her daughter married over a year ago and spent around $20,000 on the ceremony and reception. While it was a wonderful experience for her,  as she married the love of her life, for the wedding guests in attendance, it wasn’t as joyful. Most of the costs were for things she and her new husband could enjoy. “The reasons it sucked for the guest was due to multiple factors. The biggest ones being that [guests had] to buy food, drinks, and no entertainment. So people get to the wedding, and the ceremony happens,” she …

I spent the day on Jeremy Clarkson’s farm – and this is what Diddly Squat Farm is really like

I spent the day on Jeremy Clarkson’s farm – and this is what Diddly Squat Farm is really like

While watching the hit show Clarkson’s Farm, I always pondered what life working with Jeremy Clarkson, Lisa Hogan and their plucky farmhand Kaleb Cooper on the farm would be like. Are things quite as disastrous as the show makes out? Are the shop goodies as tasty as they look? And are the piglets really that adorable?  So when I was invited to visit Diddly Squart Farm for the release of season 3, I couldn’t resist. Here’s how I found a day on Clarkson’s Farm…  Based in Chipping Norton, I visited the farm after a fun night stay at the luxurious private member’s hotel, Soho Farmhouse, loved by celebs including the Beckhams, Brad Pitt and the Clooneys. That being said, the countryside charm of the Cotswolds combined with the high-end luxury of my little piglet hotel suite made me wonder about Jeremy’s venture.  I popped over to say hello to Gerald Enjoying the lap of luxury so close to Jeremy’s farm, was the reality show’s well-documented lack of glamour all a bit of a set-up for …

I followed Victoria Beckham’s strict diet for a week – and spent £45 just on avocados

I followed Victoria Beckham’s strict diet for a week – and spent £45 just on avocados

Victoria Beckham may have 90s pop icon, acclaimed fashion designer and devoted mother-of-four on her list of talents, but she certainly can’t add chef, according to her daughter, Harper.  In 2023, Victoria and David Beckham’s youngest child exposed her mum’s lack of cooking skills. “Mummy you can’t even make cereal…” the 12-year-old said in an Instagram clip.  Perhaps her lack of culinary talents is why VB is said to have eaten the same meal for dinner for the last 25 years. “Since I met Victoria, she only eats grilled fish, steamed vegetables; she will very rarely deviate from that,” her husband revealed on the River Cafe Table 4 podcast.   © Instagram / @victoriabeckhamVictoria Beckham rarely deviates from her go-to meal of fish and steamed vegetables, according to her husband David Aside from being nutritionally boring, eating the same foods every day isn’t actually that good for us, explains Reema Pillai, Private Dietitian at Dietitian Fit.  “Having a varied diet is important to support diversity within our gut microbiome, which play an important role in …

Big oil spent decades sowing doubt about fossil fuel dangers, experts testify | Oil and gas companies

Big oil spent decades sowing doubt about fossil fuel dangers, experts testify | Oil and gas companies

The fossil fuel industry spent decades sowing doubt about the dangers of burning oil and gas, experts and Democratic lawmakers testified on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. The Senate budget committee held a hearing to review a report published on Tuesday with the House oversight and accountability committee that they said demonstrates the sector’s shift from explicit climate denial to a more sophisticated strategy of “deception, disinformation and doublespeak”. “Big oil had to evolve from denial to duplicity,” said Sheldon Whitehouse, the Rhode Island Democrat, who chairs the Senate committee. The revelations, based on hundreds of newly subpoenaed documents, illustrate how oil companies worked to greenwash their image while fighting climate policy behind the scenes. “Time and again, the biggest oil and gas corporations say one thing for the purposes of public consumption but do something completely different to protect their profits,” Jamie Raskin, the ranking Democrat on the House oversight committee, testified. “Company officials will admit the terrifying reality of their business model behind closed doors but say something entirely different, false and soothing to …

Martin Myers tried and failed to steal a cigarette. Why has he spent 18 years in prison for it? | UK news

Martin Myers tried and failed to steal a cigarette. Why has he spent 18 years in prison for it? | UK news

In 2006, Martin Myers got in a scrape over a cigarette. He asked a young man if he had a spare fag. The man declined to give him one. Myers came from a well-known Traveller family. The man, Myers says, made a derogatory comment about Travellers, so Myers gave up the niceties. He threatened to punch him if he didn’t hand him a cigarette. The young man ran away. He then went to the police in Luton and told them what had happened. The police were familiar with Myers. He had previous convictions for dangerous driving, assault, theft and burglary. Myers was arrested, charged and convicted of attempted street robbery. On 8 March 2006, he was given a tariff – the minimum time he could serve – of 19 months and 27 days. Myers, 42, has now served 18 years in jail for the attempted robbery of that cigarette. He was given an indeterminate sentence, known as imprisonment for public protection (IPP). This meant that while he could be released after 19 months and 27 days, he could …

Martin Myers tried and failed to steal a cigarette. Why has he spent 18 years in prison for it?

Martin Myers tried and failed to steal a cigarette. Why has he spent 18 years in prison for it?

In 2006, Martin Myers got in a scrape over a cigarette. He asked a young man if he had a spare fag. The man declined to give him one. Myers came from a well-known Traveller family. The man, Myers says, made a derogatory comment about Travellers, so Myers gave up the niceties. He threatened to punch him if he didn’t hand him a cigarette. The young man ran away. He then went to the police in Luton and told them what had happened. The police were familiar with Myers. He had previous convictions for dangerous driving, assault, theft and burglary. Myers was arrested, charged and convicted of attempted street robbery. On 8 March 2006, he was given a tariff – the minimum time he could serve – of 19 months and 27 days. Myers, 42, has now served 18 years in jail for the attempted robbery of that cigarette. He was given an indeterminate sentence, known as imprisonment for public protection (IPP). This meant that while he could be released after 19 months and 27 days, he could …