Sports Coaches Game Plan

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Sep 05, 2012
Did you notice that we had the Olympics in our country this summer? Did you see the non-stop coverage on TV? And the endless Olympic ‘tat’ available in all the shops, from T-shirts to oven gloves, and pin badges to drinking cups?  You probably heard the endless commentary and chatter

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Olympic legacy – what if?

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Aug 16, 2012
Legacy – how many times over the last couple of weeks have you heard that word bandied about? I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it hard to keep up with all the different views on what the Olympic legacy should be – what it should look like and

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Get On Board the ‘More PE & School’ Sport Bandwagon

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Aug 10, 2012
Are you old enough to remember the Double Decker’s song? “Get on board, get on board, come and join the Double Deckers”. This was the theme tune to a children’s show which was around in the 70s, and I find myself singing it a lot at the moment – every

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Another gold medal for Team GB in ‘Knee Jerk Responses’

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Aug 05, 2012
Who remembers Olga Korbut? I was inspired by her performance in the 1972 Olympics to become a gymnast, and for those of you who know anything about me, the word on your lips at the moment is probably an astonished ‘What?’ I’m not a gymnast and never managed to make

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Final Clearance – all stock must go.

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Dec 28, 2011
Has anyone been to the sales yet? I don’t know about you, but I wonder if some of the shops have trawled through their depositories and put out all the old seasons clothes, shoes, electricals and furniture; all the stuff that hasn’t sold in previous years, re-packaged and put back

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What are you giving for Christmas?

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   1 Comments   |  Posted on: Dec 04, 2011
It’s that time of year again, when most people feel they have to rush around spending ridiculous amounts of money to buy presents for all and sundry. Are you feeling the festive spirit or are you feeling the pressure? Can you remember what you gave your nearest and dearest last

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Uniform Message

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Nov 28, 2011
Who else read the article in The Telegraph on Friday 25th November entitled ‘Getting tied up in knots over great school uniform debate’? Lots of different and valid arguments were put forward by parents, teachers, psychologists, pupils and Headteachers about the advantages and disadvantages of having a school uniform. I’m

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What is the purpose of PE?

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Nov 24, 2011
Did you hear the report on the other day, or did you see it on the news?  Sports Medicine specialists were proposing mandatory tests for PE, and all the resultant discussion got me thinking about PE in schools. What exactly is the function of PE in this day and age?

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Can teachers learn from hairdressers?

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Nov 21, 2011
What’s your ‘customer service’ like? I was recently in a small secondary school for an event that they were hosting. And I was looking forward to it because I hadn’t been there in a while, knew that the facilities were superb, and wanted to see a school in action, instead

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School v Business

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Oct 25, 2011
What’s the difference between a school and a business? I can already hear the sharp intake of breath and the loud tutting – “does she not know, schools are not businesses, we are here to educate pupils and that’s not about money.” It may not be about money, but I

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Everybody’s doing it.

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Oct 19, 2011
  Everybody and their dog (or cat) blogs these days, its the fashionable thing to do. So if you’re not blogging, what are you missing out on? Nothing, I can hear you cry. You’re not tied to a computer, slaving away at all hours of the day and night so

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Set yourself free

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Oct 02, 2011
Last week I was fortunate to work with a variety of inspirational Headteachers, teachers, School Governors and Business Managers, and in the course of my encounters with them we discussed the parallels between schools and businesses. Many teachers have a moral objection to viewing schools as businesses, believing that the

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