So, it’s official. I’m going to be a maths teacher. Training on the job through the wonderful Lucy Kellaway’s new scheme called Now Teach, in partnership with Ark.
I start in September, in the academy down the road and will be part of the first cohort of Now Teachers. Summer will be spent on an intensive course. (Think of me when you are on the beach….)
Why? Now that the children are a bit older I don’t need to mumtrepreneur any more, so I thought I should do something useful. And, as someone once said, education, education, education…
So I’m signing off from public life for now. It’s been fun. Adieu.
The pound’s fall is merely the crowd-sourced view of Britain’s perceived economic prospects. If Brexit comes to be seen as good for Britain it would reverse. Some thoughts on the plight of sterling and what British consumers have in common with Donald Rumsfeld, written for Portland’s Brexit unit, here.
A post demonstrating weariness with an apparent need to imply large dramas from small shifts in data, sparked by today’s monthly inflation data.
Philip Hammond’s Conservative party conference speech gives some long-overdue clues as to the approach he will take at the Autumn Statement on November 23rd. Read more.
Triumph or disaster? In terms of the UK economy, it could be either depending on who you believe and what newspapers you read. Here’s a round-up of the data so far, as of the second week in September. But of course everything could change in the weeks and months ahead. But if the government manages to set out a clear path and provide some certainty at least as to what is known and what is unknown, that will help everyone. Read more here
The local labour market data released by the Office of National Statistics last week had some interesting gender differences between different travel-to-work areas. It showed that some parts of the country had similar levels of economic activity between men and women, whereas elsewhere it was very different…read more
Written just as the markets were opening and the prime minister was resigning, here’s my note for Portland Communications on the Brexit result.
A Huffpo piece that explores the implications of Tooley Street Research on the characteristics of people who find it hard to escape low pay over a protracted period of time. Guess what, its strongly associated with being female.
Here’s a link to my note on the Budget published for Portland. The effect on May’s general election will depend on whether voters prefer the “steady as she goes” approach or feel that “enough is enough”.