Iris Grace and Thula

Iris Grace is a little girl on the autism spectrum. She has a talent for painting, and a cat called Thula. Between them, painting and Thula have made a dramatic difference to Iris Grace’s life.


With imagination, love and consistent support, this shows what’s possible for autistic people:

Bill and his son, Chris, are challenging the stereotypes of autism and bringing hope to other families coping with the disorder.(Via

Posted by Upworthy on Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Social skills and Neurodevelopment in Autism

Here’s a really useful video for those of you interested in autism. It’s a summary of recent research in neuroscience about how brain development in autistic people affects social ability. It’s a recording of a webinar that includes several leading researchers in the field. The sound is a bit poor in places, but it doesn’t distract from how illuminating the discoveries are.

An Argument for Teaching Philosophy in School

Each Wednesday lunchtime we’ve been meeting with a (growing) group of pupils to discuss BIG questions. What happens after you die? What is art? Should non-Christians be celebrating Christmas and Easter? Is there any such thing as certainty? Stuff like that! Increasingly the discussions are led by the students themselves, and they are truly inspiring.

Here’s a rationale for bringing Philosophy into the heart of curriculum in schools:

And here’s another one,

Lastly, there’s this from the BBC, about the huge emphasis placed on Philosophy in the mainstream French curriculum. Vive la France!

Get Coding!

Following on from our last post with wondering why we don’t do more coding in school, here’s a great way to get started:

And if you want to give it a try – go on, give it a try 🙂 – visit code. org. Anybody can learn.