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"An education manifesto for our times.."
Professor Bill Lucas Director, Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester
 
“A man after my own heart, Mike Fairclough believes in the Jesuit principle of
management – namely that it is easier to beg forgiveness than seek permission.
In this down-to-earth book he energises readers to be creative risk-takers in the
best interests of providing memorable and meaningful learning for primary
children.”
Roy Blatchford, Founding Director, National Education Trust
 
“This is a book about taking risks and embracing challenges. Mike Fairclough
gives an inspirational account of what ‘learning’ can look like when you have a
bronze age settlement and a herd of water buffalo at your school.”
Sue Cowley, teacher, best-selling author
 
“A wonderful book. Mike Fairclough puts us all back in touch with essential
parts of ourselves and our responsibilities as educators – to challenge, inspire
and nurture in children a love of real life and the outdoors. It is essential
reading for all teachers and school leaders, at any point in their careers.”
William Stow, Head of the School of Teacher Education and Development,
Canterbury Christ Church University
 
“Just like a visit to West Rise Junior School, Mike’s book is refreshing, inspiring,
warm, exciting, principled and massively thought-provoking. We need the
balance, values and excitement that West Rise offers, in every school.”
Jonathan Barnes, author of Cross-Curricular Learning
 
“Inspiring examples backed by sound educational principles coupled with
straightforward advice makes this book the ideal launchpad for rethinking your
school’s approach to creative and risky endeavours.
Now, where are those matches?”
@ThatBoyCanTeach, Classroom-based Primary Academy senior leader
 
“Once in a while you encounter someone who inspires you. Hearing about and
then meeting Mike Fairclough was one such encounter for me. I spent most of
my tenure as Chair of HSE encouraging teachers and parents to recognise their
role in helping children to learn about risk to prepare them for life. Here is
someone who does exactly that and much, much more. Every school should own
a copy of this book and learn from this teacher’s shining example.”
Dame Judith Hackitt DBE FREng former Chair of HSE
 
“If I take the time to read a book about education, I want to be inspired, I want
it to make me reflect on my own practice and change it. So thank you, Mike
Fairclough, because your book did just this; this book has confirmed what I
believe and encouraged me to push the boundaries further.”
Christina Zanelli Tyler, head teacher, West Cliff Primary School, in the TES
 
“This is a stunner. A beautifully written account of how to get a jaw-droppingly
powerful curriculum, complete with water buffalo, 1000 bees, shooting (yes,
shooting) endorsed by Ofsted and the Health and Safety Executive. Mike
Fairclough and his colleagues have shown how, by removing the cotton wool
culture, they are able to give children a truly amazing deal. ‘Playing with Fire’
shows how it is possible to do the same in any school, in any environment.”
Mary Myatt, advisor, inspector, author of High Challenge, Low Threat
 
“Mike Fairclough is a breath of fresh air in a world of increasing regulation and
assessment in schools. It is not always easy to get under the skin of an institution
through a single visit. Mike did just that when he visited Bedales, showing great
insight in grasping the school’s underlying philosophy and articulating it so
compellingly. He is an inspiration to us all.”
Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales School
 
“A fundamentally vital book that challenges our risk averse culture and
demonstrates in a very candid and honest way the importance of giving children
the space to be creative and questioning. West Rise Juniors is a phenomenal
place and Mike Fairclough is an exceptional educationalist.”
Dr Henry Ward, Head of Education, Freelands Foundation
 
“This is a very important, very necessary, and very beautiful book for all parents
educators around the world to treasure. Read it and rediscover the best of your
childhood—and how to bring it to children everywhere.”
Barbara Oakley, PhD, author of New York Times Science Bestseller, A Mind
for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science, and instructor of Learning
How to Learn, the world’s largest online course.
 
“You don’t read a book like this every day about how to run a school! I read this
at one sitting - it proved riveting!”
Paul Garvey, education consultant and owner of QA South-West