website cover.png
website cover.png

PLAYING WITH FIRE


SCROLL DOWN

PLAYING WITH FIRE


 

There is a misconception, within the teaching profession and the general public, that

Ofsted, the Health and Safety Executive and the establishment are against children

being exposed to danger and that schools are prevented from giving children experiences

which involve risk.

 

In Playing with Fire, Mike Fairclough, headteacher at West Rise Junior School in

Eastbourne, blows that theory out of the water.

 

With entertaining and visual examples of his work at the school, including bee keeping, water

buffalo breeding, shooting, archery, paddle boarding, and skinning rabbits, Mike argues that

risk-taking should be embraced – and is actually encouraged by Ofsted and the HSE.

He urges all schools to follow his lead and not to be afraid of providing activities for their

pupils which include an element of risk and danger.

 

The result is an empowering book that urges educators to cultivate their own resilience,

courage and trust in the same way that we are hoping to foster those qualities in young people.

 

.


 

“I challenge any teacher to read this book

and not be inspired...”

Christina Zanelli Tyler, TES

 

.


 

“I challenge any teacher to read this book

and not be inspired...”

Christina Zanelli Tyler, TES