Celebrate Easter and join Aspire’s virtual Hunt the Easter Elephant competition!

Yes, you heard it here first folks: instead of laboriously schlepping around the garden or your local park to hunt for pass-their-sell-by-date Easter Eggs, you can hunt for Easter goodies from the comfort of your own armchair, bathroom or bus queue – or wherever you read the Aspire Trust website from! During Easter Sunday, we’ll … Continue reading Celebrate Easter and join Aspire’s virtual Hunt the Easter Elephant competition!

Worlds apart? Imagining the co-existence of the academic and the business life.

“That's just academic!” snapped Brian when he and Jim from the nearby university were discussing the rights and wrongs of a particular manufacturing process deep in the heart of a failing car plant outside Birmingham. “You're just over complicating matters and imagining scenarios which are irrelevant for this particular application. You sit there with your … Continue reading Worlds apart? Imagining the co-existence of the academic and the business life.

Hanging out at the International Festival of Business: how is a business a school?

Contrary to what many employers might hanker after, potential employees do not arrive on their doorsteps for their first day of work as fully formed potential employees of the year. Employers might bemoan the lack of literacy, numeracy, ICT-cosy-ability, the ability to walk and talk at the same time and other human being related skills, … Continue reading Hanging out at the International Festival of Business: how is a business a school?

Hanging out at the International Festival of Business: how is a school a business?

Some time after the Tony Blair's testosterone fuelled 'education education education' mantra started being chanted around UK school playgrounds, I found myself working with a number of schools around Liverpool who were preparing for the tsunami of funding that was heading their way. Whether this was for kids from rich families or for kids from … Continue reading Hanging out at the International Festival of Business: how is a school a business?

All Our Futures: The Business of Education or the Education of Business?

We're producing our next All Our Futures international education conference in June this year and, as it's part of the International Festival of Business (IFB) which is being promoted across the Liverpool City Region, we thought it only right and proper to align the focus of the conference with the energy of IFB itself. Which … Continue reading All Our Futures: The Business of Education or the Education of Business?

All Our Futures, Brazil 2013: Calling School Prinicipals, Senior School Students and Artists for a once in a life time opportunity!

All Our Futures is Aspire’s annual conference for international school principals, head teachers and senior educators and offers a unique knowledge transfer programme which encourages sharing of skills, expertise and wisdom of school leaders, head teachers and schools principals from across the worlds’ schools. This year we are planning one of our most exciting programmes … Continue reading All Our Futures, Brazil 2013: Calling School Prinicipals, Senior School Students and Artists for a once in a life time opportunity!

Answering the questions of your 10 year old self: 500+ Reasons to be Cheerful at All Our Futures, Rio De Janeiro, October 2013

Reasons 53 -  83: Answering the questions of your 10 year old self We go back to school and invariably revisit our youth and think why do we do what we do?  What would we do differently?  And what would we say to ourselves if we met ourselves in the playground? If we’re working in … Continue reading Answering the questions of your 10 year old self: 500+ Reasons to be Cheerful at All Our Futures, Rio De Janeiro, October 2013

Travelling 6000 miles away to find yourself at home: 500+ Reasons to be Cheerful at All Our Futures, Rio De Janeiro, October 2013

Reasons 84 - 584: Travelling 6000 miles away to find yourself at home The maddening thing about travelling is forgetting the answer to the question you frequently ask yourself: why do you travel so far to do what you do at home? Before long, you eventually remember that travelling has little to do with leaving, … Continue reading Travelling 6000 miles away to find yourself at home: 500+ Reasons to be Cheerful at All Our Futures, Rio De Janeiro, October 2013

Finding Faith: 500+ Reasons to be Cheerful at All Our Futures, Rio De Janeiro, October 2013

Reason 51 – 52: finding faith. The significance of faith schools in Brazil demands you take a closer look at the very notion of faith itself than you might feel comfortable with in the confines of the familiar secular set up we have in the UK. But whether you agree with the principle of faith … Continue reading Finding Faith: 500+ Reasons to be Cheerful at All Our Futures, Rio De Janeiro, October 2013