Open your eyes, and smell the conflict

Fergal Roche • 4th July 2020


How often in your work have you ended up in a tense state, where the atmosphere seems oppressive? Is that just the normal stresses and strains of living a busy demanding life, or can something be done…

Why I am a happy sadist

Fergal Roche • 23rd June 2020


In a call with a new colleague the other day, I was moderately taken aback when he said that he could see I was quite a sadist. I assumed I hadn’t been listening and asked if he meant a masochist, a…

The Holy Grail of superb science teaching

Fergal Roche • 28th April 2020


I cannot remember a single science lesson I enjoyed at school. The teachers never managed to engage me. Many no doubt assumed I should be looking forward to their lesson on the timetable, but I entere…

What did you do in the war, Daddy…?

Fergal Roche • 16th April 2020


Lessons learnt from the Covid19 crisis…..so far Two of the most difficult times in my career to date left me with scars, to be sure, but they also gave me a strength and a resolve that have serv…

The Industrial Revolution we are witnessing

Fergal Roche • 11th April 2020


It’s going to be fascinating to see how the rapid adaptation in working habits to the exigencies of Covd19 end up creating another industrial revolution. Will the attractions of the metropolis a…

A new kind of work-life balance

Fergal Roche • 6th April 2020


Our thinking paradigm around work life balance is still fixed on a factory model, with a clocking-in, clocking-out, fixed-breaks type of reference in our heads. It doesn’t apply to 99% of us who wor…

The Back Office…

Fergal Roche • 12th February 2019


Ok, ok, don’t get over excited… But it seems to me that this is the way the management of schools is heading: Group schools together within tight geographies to become more efficient and t…