Schools and Small Businesses

Self-help – who’s following who?

tree in centre of field - Thomas Estley Community College, Broughton Astley

There were two meetings I went to this week – each followed a similar approach.

On Tuesday evening Teachmeet Stoke (#tmx on Twitter) was organised by 3 teachers and held at Stoke on Trent 6th Form College. It felt like 80+ people had turned out from 4pm to 8pm on what was a normal evening. They turned out to help each other and to learn ideas and tips. The atmosphere was stunning and everyone picked up tips, ideas and answers to questions.

I run a business, and we are active members of the local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses. I’ve recently joined the committee. When we were organising events at our last meeting I suggested that the experience, expertise and approach of our members lent itself to a ‘Teachmeet’ approach. Bless ‘em – they were up for it!

So – on Wednesday we had a go. Smaller audience than Stoke (15 people) and less presenters (3). The approach went down very well, and I feel that ‘mighty oaks from little acorns’ may indeed grow. A stunning result was that we had a visitor from the other side of Birmingham – for a meeting in Lutterworth.

This raises the questions – what else can business borrow from schools and what can schools borrow from business?


On My To-do List

Windows Live Writer 2011

At last I’ve put Windows 7 on to a PC in the office for me. (Think cobbler’s shoes).


This means I’ve now got the new version of Windows Live Writer – 2011. On first view, it looks fantastic.

The user interface is much cleaner and crisper


The improved Preview is very powerful –


To-do ..

Use Windows Live Writer to produce blog post comparing Teach Meet Stoke 2010 and the South Leicestershire Branch meeting of the Federation of Small Businesses the following night. (Watch this space)

Update my Live Writer user guide for 2011

John Wycliffe, his Bible and his church

This 800-year-old church stands in the centre of the town of Lutterworth, St Mary’s is on the site of a Saxon place of Christian worship.

St Marys Lutterworth - Wycliffe Bible

This church is home to some incredible history. John Wycliffe was the rector between 1374 and 1384, and it is believed that it was during this time that he was most involved with the first complete translation of the Bible into English. This original Bible is no longer around – it would now be over 600 years old! – but a “Modern” version, presented to the Church in 1876, is on show as a memorial to John Wycliffe.

Wycliffe Bible modern copy

Wycliffe Bible in case

There are many other artefacts around the church related to John Wycliffe. These include:


memorial showing Wycliffe preaching in Lutterworth

The Wycliffe Memorial – a monument depicting Wycliffe preaching to villagers despite the objection of church seniors, above an inscription about his life.

John Wycliffe pulpit, St marys Lutterworth

Wycliffe’s Pulpit – the furnishing most likely to have been used by John Wycliffe himself. Although nobody can be sure of its age, it is clear that some parts of this pulpit are much older than others.

Font St Marys Lutterworth

The font – this font is definitely ancient, but nobody can be sure of whether or not it was standing during Wycliffe’s time at the church.

all photos (C)