Full of Character (Frances Ward, 2019) – A Review – Do the characters obstruct the education on offer?

Full of Character (2019) – A review Although there may not be a rush to get book reviews out into the public space, this book is still only just released and is 2019, writing this review has felt as though it has been on my ‘to do’ list for over 4 months. I read it when i was relaxing and basking in the sun in … Continue reading Full of Character (Frances Ward, 2019) – A Review – Do the characters obstruct the education on offer?

6 common defaults when churches start working with young people (to try and avoid?)

It never really surprises me how often when churches, (and when i mean churches i mean, clergy & some interested congregation members) think about working with young people, that a number of fairly common defaults are evident. In this post I want to share some of these, not because they are wrong necessarily, but it might be that you if you’re reading this didn’t realise … Continue reading 6 common defaults when churches start working with young people (to try and avoid?)

In Praise of Youth works influential (often invisible) Women

A few weeks ago, there was a bit of a discussion, may be caused by me, on the number of women in youth ministry who have been able to or been involved in publishing theological or theoretical books, and whether Youth Ministry is too American and too male. Whether publishing is the way to influence, or whether there are many many reasons is a piece … Continue reading In Praise of Youth works influential (often invisible) Women

Could the last remaining youth worker, please give the PM a hand with her knife crime problem?

This week, on Monday Theresa May held a conference in downing street with a number of organisations on the back of a rising panic about knife crime in London, but not just London. What this conversation didnt seem to do was start to address the deep seated issues of poverty, cuts and reductions in youth services that have created an environment where these issues have … Continue reading Could the last remaining youth worker, please give the PM a hand with her knife crime problem?

The Education system has depressed young people (and their learning)- why should they succeed to make it look good?

My school is run like a business, and it sucks So said the young person as they were talking to me a few weeks ago. So said the same young person who said that they told this to a teacher in the proceeding few weeks. This one sentence and phrase has brought to light a number of questions regarding the state of young people in … Continue reading The Education system has depressed young people (and their learning)- why should they succeed to make it look good?

Youthworker: Are these your 20 superpowers?

Fast on the heels of last week’s piece on the 35 experiences of youthworkers comes this reflection on the superpowers that youthworkers are expected to possess, given the range of questions, reflections and comments about the last piece, it figures that youthworkers are expected to be superheroes? Doesnt it.. well at least they might have to at times possess all or some of the following: … Continue reading Youthworker: Are these your 20 superpowers?

How has austerity left struggling young people behind? A teacher speaks out:

In between the all- consuming story of Brexit on the main news over the last few weeks, the BBC ran a story a few weeks ago on the challenges that young people who display challenging behaviour, or who have diagnosed conditions have in school. More to the point the piece focused on the isolation procedures and in the same week the guardian did a piece … Continue reading How has austerity left struggling young people behind? A teacher speaks out:

Youthwork is good for young people and society , heres 50 reasons why (#yww18)

Its Friday of National Youth work week and to celebrate all things positive and empowering about youthwork practices in the UK. The NYA have run a campaign on describing youthwork, and the evidence of these can be seen via Twitter here are few of the images, from the twitter feed, to capture some of the sense of what youthwork means to many people involved in … Continue reading Youthwork is good for young people and society , heres 50 reasons why (#yww18)

In such a high expectancy culture – young people are in deficit of empathy more than ever

Think about all the expectations thrust upon a child or a young person: youll grow up to be like your mum work hard and youll get good results what will you do when you grow up you need to get to university you need to just cope you must fit in you must be different you must conform you must look a certain way you … Continue reading In such a high expectancy culture – young people are in deficit of empathy more than ever

If you thought teachers were disappearing, try finding a youthworker

The BBC today ran this piece: England’s schools face ‘severe’ teacher shortage with the full text being found if you click the link. Some of the headlines include that In poorer areas outside London, 17% of physics teachers have a relevant degree – compared with 52% in affluent areas in the rest of the country. There are particular geographical cold spots, where schools are rated … Continue reading If you thought teachers were disappearing, try finding a youthworker