Pastorally Speaking

Pastorally Speaking: Facing the Risk
The Earth in 2020 may seem a rather risky place to live, admits Andy Woodward, but the best way forward is to face down our fears and to keep on going
Pastorally Speaking: Learning from Lockdown
Amid the sadness and turmoil of the Covid19 crisis, Deputy Head of the Senior School Andy Woodward finds some reasons to be cheerful
Pastorally Speaking: Do you have Integrity?
In this ‘Bonus Extra’ blog, Andy Woodward confesses his love of 'holding forth' in assembly and shares the big question he asked Senior pupils to ask themselves in half-term assembly late last year
Pastorally Speaking: Questions of Substance
Telling teenagers to ‘Just say No’ to drugs won't work. Grown-up and caring discussion of hard facts about illegal substances and the brutal trade in them is much more likely to deter, argues Andy Woodward
Pastorally Speaking: Boys will be Boys?
Why does the classroom performance of UK boys seem to be in decline and what can we do about it? Andy Woodward has some suggestions to make.
Optimism at the end of the world
We can't protect children from the apocalyptic-sounding problems the world faces, says Andy Woodward. The best way forward is to prime them to confront the challenges head on.
Pastorally Speaking: How's your Head?
Why do we still find it hard to own up to even minor struggles with mental health? Andy Woodward argues that schools urgently need to normalise the subject and promote emotional literacy
Pastorally Speaking: Nobody's Perfect
There's no point in pretending we're perfect parents, says Andy Woodward. If we admit our weaknesses, children are more likely to listen our advice
Pastorally Speaking: Let's Talk about Sex
It's sometimes a difficult subject for parents to broach, admits Andy Woodward, but we must grasp the nettle and talk about sex to our children
Pastorally Speaking: They still love you. Honest
It's hard for parents when their teenagers start seeing them as a bore or an embarrassment. But, says Andy Woodward, its vital that they know we’re still there, still available and still loving them