Wednesday, 30th June

1. Good notice of this one, as previous SHAPE events have booked out quickly: The Future of Schools, daily from 12th to 16th July. More info here https://shape-education.org/future-of-schools-2021 and registration here https://share.hsforms.com/1BMpkWlL6R8WM2U3uqegUUQ3iz8b Recordings and notes (and cartoons!) of past SHAPE events here https://shape-education.org/events

2. I mentioned The Teacher Trainer journal back in October, in the context of Tessa Woodward’s retirement as editor after thirty-four years. It’s now got a spanking new editor, Phil Dexter, and you can learn about his plans for the journal here (and download for free a number of recent issues) https://pilgrimsttj.com/ PDFs below of the last issue and the index to articles since 2016.

3. I spent a year teaching at Mount Herman School in Darjeeling between school and university which I often look back on as my tipping point between childhood and adulthood, and I’ve been reading about India ever since: here’s one ‘long read’, by Amartya Sen, on the British legacy in India, Illusions of Empire https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/29/british-empire-india-amartya-sen and here’s another, by William Dalrymple, on The East India Company: The original corporate raiders https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/04/east-india-company-original-corporate-raiders

4. You’ll need to explore this Bradford Literature Festival programme, to find out what’s free and what’s not https://www.bradfordlitfest.co.uk/ This morning’s Sylvia Plath event was free https://youtu.be/T4QuDF8FSbo and I’m pretty sure that tomorrow’s event on Dara McAnulty is also free https://www.bradfordlitfest.co.uk/event/dara-mcanulty-young-naturalist-wild-child/

5. This week’s phobia, courtesy of my colleague Marta, is pagotophobia. She says I clearly don’t suffer from it!

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