* Possesses drive, grit & determination having failed the 11-plus exam in 1970!
* Very good writing and oral skills. Not risk-averse. Has vision, vitality, & ideas. 'Can Walk the Walk'
as well as 'Talk the Talk'.
* Media savvy, Perma-tanned, John Lewis man. Dubbed Eccentric, a 'bit cracked', but possesses 'peculiar
talents' according to the late Professor Jim Bulpitt of Warwick University.
* Published over 600
Feature Articles in Print and Social Media since 2013.
* Regular columnist ncjMedia Ltd (The Journal) , Northern Echo, PSE, Labour Vision, Labour List, LGA First since April 2013.
* Generally personable and can work effectively in all team settings.
* Competent consistent Ofsted Grade 2 ('Good') teacher in all relevant curriculum areas & Leadership
strand in 'Equality & Diversity' consistent Ofsted Grade 2 ('Very Good') in 2003.
* Veteran Newcastle City Councillor - majority increased from 142 in 2002 to almost 2000 in 2015!.
* Good representational and advocacy skills acquired through role as a City Councillor & GE
* Competent Public Relations Consultant - skills acquired as a Parliamentary Candidate: Berwick-Upon-
Tweed 1986-87, Roxburgh & Berwickshire 1990-92, Newcastle Central Labour Party 1999-2003 &
Learning First 2012-13. Over 4,000 News Releases published in print and new media.
DISCOVERY School, the first Free school in Newcastle, will close its doors this summer following a damning Ofsted report which revealed plummeting standards, weak leadership and dangerous, ‘’riotous’’ behaviour amongst a significant minority of its pupils.
Some colleges need to up their game if they’re to give young people the opportunities they deserve. STEPHEN LAMBERT says colleges and sixth forms can boost students’ grades – and get more working-class youngsters into university.
Durham University recently (27 Mar) published research on grammar schools and on the attainment of pupils at selective schools comparative to non-selective schools. Amongst its key points, the report "Grammar schools in England: a new analysis of social segregation and academic outcomes", claims that social mobility is hampered by grammar schools.
THIRTY years ago boys did better at school than girls. Now, it’s the boys who are the under-achievers across the North East. In Newcastle in 2016 almost half of white young men failed to achieve 5 or more ‘good’ GCSEs including English and Maths compared to 40% of young women.
IN THE North of England one in four have a mental illness ranging from bipolar disorder, clinical depression to severe anxiety. In a report released last Autumn by the mental health charity MIND two out of three people have experienced a panic attack or a bout of depression in the last year.
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