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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            21 September 2023


Thoughts On   Latest posts


Plus ongoing see: Corona thoughts 2

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16 July 2023: Covid isn't over and what to do about it

7 Mar 2023:  How to stop the war in Ukraine

27 Feb 2022: Putin's invasion of Russia

2 Jan 2022:   A mantra for the coming year

23 Dec 2021: Nano Covid 2

19 Oct 2021:  Covid - a failure of leadership

26 Sep 2021: Nano Covid

19 Aug 2021: The BBC's coverage of the pandemic

30 June 2021: Eliminating the virus, not learning to live with it

6 May 2021: Our Covid carnage – why it was avoidable and how it can be prevented in the future

23 Mar 2021: Why anti-lockdown views have been wrong and deeply damaging

3  Mar 2021: Destroying the virus and striving for zero covid

1  Dec 2020:  Government of national unity

4  Nov:  November lockdown

18 Sep: How to destroy the virus

21 Aug: Back to normal or not?

18 July: A new vision for society   

14 Mar: The Corona Virus Crisis

10 Feb:  Brexit and our present and future belonging  

23 Dec 2019: The election and a manifesto for the next decade

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 2018:    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

27/7/22   Essential Covid questions

17/11/21 Keep thanking trees

7/9/21    They have failed the nation

2/1/21  Tier 5 lockdown

30 Dec 2020:  Lockdowns

6 Mar:    Big questions about climate change

6 Jan:     Manifesto for the new decade

2 Jan:     Do more, and do less, for a happy new decade

27 Nov 2019:   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


Best of tweets:

2 Mar 2022:      Ultimatum to Putin

19 Feb 2020:    Care workers worth 1000 points

24 Jan:    HS2 a huge waste of money

24 Nov 2019:   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










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





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 

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Extract from: Why we must cherish the NHS - written 3 years ago but resonates even more loudly today


... 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...