Mike Fairclough

Mike Fairclough

Author

Mike Fairclough is the Headmaster of West Rise Junior School in East Sussex and author of “Playing With Fire”. Over the years, his initiatives at the school have received national and international acclaim and have been featured on the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and in most of the national newspapers. He teaches his pupils countryside management skills, such as using shotguns, lighting fires and fishing and manages over 120 acres of farmland attached to the school. The pupils, most of which are from deprived backgrounds, exceed all academic targets by the time they leave the school. Mike was trained in Fine Art, at Hornesy School of Art, prior to becoming a teacher. These formative years influenced his creative approach to education and writing and inspired his unconventional approach to life. He lives in East Sussex and in London with his wife and four children.

Mike Fairclough @westrisejunior

Great to have contributed to this podcast with @jon_severs @AnnMroz and the @tes team back in 2018. There was a lot of pheasant plucking involved (be careful how you say that) and brilliant #education discussion. https://twitter.com/jon_severs/status/1308440639709814789

Teaching in school was on it today. Not showy, not fluffy, stripped back, focussed and having real impact.

Just great teaching

"When you embrace #happiness, #positivity and #optimism, your life has few limits."
Zack Friedman

@zackafriedman generously shared what makes him #optimistic with @victorperton @centre4optimism @Case4Optimism

Who is on @tes Podagogy tomorrow? Why it is renowned journalist and author of Range @DavidEpstein - we talk transferable skills, 'kind' and 'wicked' learning environments, Russian villagers and why a head start from specialisation is short lived, and why generalists win out.

Just been discussing this podcast we did with @westrisejunior in January 2018. What a lot of fun that was - the kids were so good being interviewed Mike!

https://podcasts.captivate.fm/media/0b6cead5-ccc4-48ea-91bf-ac0f0ce18086/podagogy-s2e5.mp3

Great to have contributed to this podcast with @jon_severs @AnnMroz and the @tes team back in 2018. There was a lot of pheasant plucking involved (be careful how you say that) and brilliant #education discussion.

"My #optimism is rooted in #gratitude for the life that I already have and for my future life imagined and intentionally created."
That's what Mike Fairclough @westrisejunior told @victorperton @Centre4Optimism @case4optimism

“They may not call it Montessori [education], but they understand the principles of child-led education, that it’s the way forward, they get it…and we will be there to provide the need.” - Interesting appointment this one https://twitter.com/IntlTes/status/1307945100572602368

“#Optimism relies on #gratitude. And gratitude is refreshed by optimism."
That's what @PaulLevins told @victorperton

More @Centre4Optimism https://www.centreforoptimism.com/Voices-for-Gratitude-and-Optimism including @Dr_Oli_Jones @RaeSnape @Freya_MacMillan @Diane_iaccm @westrisejunior @drkellyallen @PabloCilotta

If you would like a great Sunday house mix, my friend, Chloe Sinclair, provides the absolute best. Enjoy!

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2758779124371156&id=301266174086416

Every Year 5 and 6 class should have a copy of these amazing books by @RossAuthor

Just brilliant magical adventures.

Now I’ve finished the final book ‘Otherwhere,’ these are heading straight to our Year 6 class.

@DrJosieMaitland @EnterpriseSBox @CStewartSHS @Stephen_Logan @Missymusician81 @MrsLancaster25 @vjofarrell @ottleyoconnor @sphoenix78 @pdLouiseP @MartynReah @vicgoddard @TheVirginHeadt1 @kateowbridge @CensoredHead @Headfornothing1 @westrisejunior Thank you so much Dr Maitland! How very kind! 🌍🌟💜🌥 #HeadsTogether 🧡

https://twitter.com/DrJosieMaitland/status/1307583931496226817?s=19

Elisabeth Murdoch commissioned this film about my school, for her @FreelandsF Made by the brilliant @HenzWard Seen in 91 countries. Premiered at Tate Modern. Leading to @SirKenRobinson describing us as "a beautiful school community" Good times.

https://youtu.be/1xit73jpCyw

@EnterpriseSBox @CStewartSHS @Stephen_Logan @Missymusician81 @MrsLancaster25 @vjofarrell @ottleyoconnor @sphoenix78 @pdLouiseP @MartynReah Plus positivity for all HTs I follow. Such a tough term but it’s inspiring seeing all you’re doing to make it work&how much joy you still get from seeing those happy pupils @vicgoddard @TheVirginHeadt1 @kateowbridge @CensoredHead @Headfornothing1 @RaeSnape @westrisejunior &more

Can you help your pupils develop resilience? @MissLLewis argues you can in the first of her new fortnightly columns https://www.tes.com/news/4-ways-help-students-bounce-back-term

Change: from Chaos to Control https://promote-ed.co.uk/change-from-chaos-to-control/

Elisabeth Murdoch commissioned this film about my school, for her @FreelandsF Made by the brilliant @HenzWard Seen in 91 countries. Premiered at Tate Modern. Leading to @SirKenRobinson describing us as "a beautiful school community" Good times.

https://youtu.be/1xit73jpCyw

Up early and excited to be joining @jhagel and @CarolineOptimi1 in conversation today.

Join us on Zoom for a wonderful conversation in "The Optimist Heart ❤️" @TheOptimistHea1 at The Centre for Optimism 😊 @Centre4Optimism

Register for the link https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9116005430570/WN_irWxTuxVREaWFXU3Qcz0wQ

It was such a pleasure Camila! estas haciendo cosas especiales https://twitter.com/camiladr17/status/1307293873199345664

Despite Covid, we must continue to provide children with a rich education, where they manage risk and danger. Otherwise, they will become risk-averse.

https://youtu.be/iN3kJKC-PkE