WELCOME TO QUERCUS PUBLICATIONS 

 

 

We hope you find something of interest on our site. It contains information about our books together with short essays and comments on a wide variety of issues particularly education and politics. These can be found by visiting the "Thoughts On" or "Comment" pages and by looking through past editions of School Report. For recent posts please scroll down to NOTICEBOARD.

 

Our most recent publication is Forever Learning: thoughts on the past, present and future of education. This highly readable, thought-provoking book is packed full of original ideas and is essential reading for all who care about the future of education. For more information click here.

 

 

As well as publishing Forever Learning we have published a number of other titles over the past twenty years. Unfortunately our Key Stage 2 Poetry Pack is no longer available and nor are our first editions of Poems for Children. However, we still have a supply of titles which can be purchased directly from us or from Amazon. Click here for information about our books.

 

 

  

Noticeboard                       15 December 2019  

 

Thoughts On   Latest posts:

11 Dec:  Abstention rebellion 

21 Nov:  A radical manifesto for the election and beyond

31 Oct:   Walk Mendip, Walk Somewhere

10 Sept:  A quick guide to democracy

22 Aug:   Replacing GCSEs 

21 July:  The Rock of Ages and the bedrock of love

2  June:  Theresa May - and why she succeeded where others failed

13 May:   Pupil assessment - keep SATs, abolish GCSEs

16 April:  Recess reflections

24 Jan:    Brexit in perspective but three big deals

23 Dec:    Planting Peace – at Christmas and beyond

12 Dec:    Climbing trees, and the C in BVC

13 Nov:   Thanking trees again

17 Oct:    Affordable homes - the case for buying

 

Comment  Latest comments:

27 Nov:   Getting rid of our nuclear weapons

27 Sept:  Letter to MPs about behaviour

12 Sept:  Affront to democracy

26 June: Your top three priorities as prime minister

6 June:    Remembrance of D-Day

28 April:  Change UK

4 March:  The dual approach to saving the planet

27 Jan:     An open letter to all who support a second referendum

3 Jan:       Getting the message

10 Nov:    Remembrance Day 2018

31 Oct:     Budget briefing - 2018

30 Sept:   Give thanks for apples

1 Sept:     Denis Law, Harry Kane and a summer of sport?

25 July:    The common-sense solution to the Irish border issue 

  

Best of tweets:

24 Nov:   Powerful message

4 Nov:     Gorbachev's warning

14 Oct:    State opening of parliament

8 Oct:      More Liberal undemocracy

1 Oct:      Living wage

26 Sept:  Dismal system of tribal politics 

30 Aug:   Affront to democracy

22 July:   Jo's first task

3 July:     Great skill and passion

4 June:    Pageantry of state occasions 

15 May:   Keep SATs, abolish GCSEs

8 May:     PM's impressive leadership

29 April:  Change UK 

18 April:  An event in human history 

21 Mar:    PM right to be critical

18 Mar:    Leaving EU put at risk

15 Mar:    Appalling behaviour by MPs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extract from: Why we must cherish the NHS

 

... Every minute of every day dedicated healthcare practitioners and support staff demonstrate their skill, commitment and genuine concern for their patients' well-being. We owe them an enormous debt of gratitude. We must never take what they do for granted. They are all heroes - the cleaners, consultants, nurses, hospital porters, junior doctors, paramedics, radiographers, GPs, physios, administrative staff and many more.

 

And neither must we ever take the idea of the NHS for granted. We must be willing to fund it generously through fair taxation, we must keep striving to improve it, and we must cherish it for the immense contribution it makes to the quality of our lives. It is in the interest of all of us that we cherish it, and cherish it we must.

 

For the full post click here

 

Extract from: Brexit - a global, good news story

 

... However, Britain must renew its global presence in ways other than through trade and business.  Not by trying to become a global military power again but by doing the opposite: by becoming a global, peaceful force for good in the world...

 

We can offer a new kind of leadership to the global community. We can offer it quietly, gently and with humility, with no flag-waving and no air of self-importance. We can offer it respectfully, valuing other beliefs and traditions, whilst firmly putting the arguments for tolerance, human rights, fairness and democratic institutions. We can offer it in a spirit of neighbourliness, love and compassion...

 

A book that celebrates a well known landmark seen by millions of people who travel through Somerset each year. 

 

 

Poetry 

 

Another great poem by Gareth Owen:

 

Time Child 

 

Dandelion, dandelion,

Dandelion flower,

If I breathe upon thee

Pray tell me the hour.

 

Little child, little child,

Little child I pray,

Breathe but gently on me

Lest you blow the time away.

 

From: Something I Remember, Quercus Poems for Children.

 

For other poems by Gareth Owen and copyright acknowledgement click here

 

     

 

Old Church of St Nicholas, Uphill 

See  more Someret    photos  here