Book of the Month

Age: 9+
Parents will know Matthew Syed as an Olympic table-tennis player, Times journalist and author of Black Box Thinking and Bounce.
In You Are Awesome Syed switches his attention to younger readers, aiming to give them the confidence to have a go at different things in life and achieve their potential. As he eloquently explains, success is earned rather than pre-ordained in life and if you practise and practise at something the odds are that you’ll get better at it. He describes how he started playing table tennis against his brother in the garage at home and eventually became a British champion.
Syed also features examples of ‘famous failures’– people who failed the first time round but were determined to keep going. One quote comes from the late Steve Jobs, the tech visionary and founder of Apple, who said: ‘I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.’
With lively illustrations and graphics, lots of personal anecdotes and suggestions for further reading, Syed’s book is engaging, entertaining and confidence boosting. Children will be motivated by it – and so will their parents.

| 30th April 2018, 12:10:42 | Posted by Rosemary Taylor

New Book

Running on Empty by SE Durrant is a great read for children aged 8+. This is a warm-hearted and thought-provoking read about an 11 year old London boy who, though a talented athlete, has many challenges to overcome. A great alternative to a chocolate egg for your son this Easter…(your daughter may enjoy it too).

| 20th March 2018, 15:55:45 | Posted by Rosemary Taylor

Currently Reading...

“Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking”

by the writer and blogger Susan Cain.

| 22nd November 2017, 15:53:30 | Posted by Rosemary Taylor

Huddl - The Parenting Journey

The Huddl Philosophy
Across the UK, there’s a growing concern about the well-being of children. Pressured by exams, their peers, social media and other factors, children are feeling the strain: the latest research shows that 1 in 10 of 5-16 year olds have a diagnosable mental health problem. The good news is that healthcare professionals are working together to try and prevent such illness occurring and to develop better coping strategies if they do. Support is often provided for teachers, and others involved in education, and increasing number of schools are giving their pupils a greater understanding of mental health but the parent body is often forgotten and left behind.

Dr Rosemary Taylor will be speaking on the subject of ‘The Teenage Brain’ at the next Huddl event in Ipswich on 10th October 2017.

| 3rd October 2017, 13:19:20 | Posted by Rosemary Taylor

A very busy year...

A long overdue blog, with finally some time to think and write over the summer break. As ever, it’s not really a break, simply catch-up time. Here at Key Issues we have had our busiest academic year since we began back in 2001-ish. No complaints – it’s all good. A hugely enjoyable and long-running project with the International School of The Hague has meant a busy travel regime, alongside a lecture series delivered around a very scenic Norway. A keynote for HMC at the British Library in London was another highlight of the past year, as was the GSA Junior Heads’ Conference in Stratford. We were also delighted to work with a new colleague, Tony Richards, who delivered very high quality training on our behalf in Romania. Speaking commitments and training seminars around the UK have been plentiful and we are now gearing up for a very busy September and beyond.

| 3rd August 2017, 12:54:16 | Posted by Rosemary Taylor

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