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Character Education in the UK
Ill-defined, misguided and poorly targeted but not a total waste of money. Character is important. It’s important in achieving personal goals, building relationships, obtaining employment and avoiding problems. In fact it defines how we live our lives. The problem is that whilst everyone agrees that character and therefore character development is important there is no […] Read more »



Dark Education
We stick to the earth because it is a big lump of matter and matter has a gravitational pull. No news there then. The gravitational pull that all stars and planets have on one another stop galaxies from breaking apart.  But here is the thing; scientists have calculated that there is far more gravity than […] Read more »



PDP Conference 2016
PDP’s “Meeting The Challenge Of Changing Youth Services”  FREE Conference 2016 Book your place here.    PDP’s “Protect The Future Of Youth Services” Debate 2016 Room 2, Manchester Central Library, St Peter’s Square, Manchester M2 5PD Monday 25th April 2016, 2:00pm – 4:00pm Find out how to continue to deliver effective services. Explore the challenges changing the face of youth services in a debate chaired by former […] Read more »



Make the Leap into PDP!!
We are looking for a volunteer to join the PDP team! This is a fantastic training opportunity for someone who would like to pursue a career in personal development training and character education. As a volunteer, you will train to deliver the full PDP portfolio as well as learn the skills to design and deliver […] Read more »



You Can’t Teach Character! 
Teaching is defined as ‘imparting knowledge or skills; to give instruction to’ and as such it is limited to the development of what people know and what they can do. Character qualities such as resilience, confidence and creativity can be develop by a skilled facilitator but they cannot be taught by a teacher.   The […] Read more »



The Time Machine Trainer
Professor Stephen Hawkins in his book ‘A Brief History of Time’ explains that there is a place in the universe where time actually stands still. Known as the ‘event horizon’, it is the rim of a black hole. Read more »



The Game Changer!
Dubbed as ‘Boot Camps’ by the press the UK government is about to make a monumental mistake when it launches the new ‘Intensive Activity Programme’ in 2017 if it focusses on CV writing, interview skills, Maths, English and job search as reported. On current plans the most essential ingredient is missing and the programme will […] Read more »



There’s no such thing as Self-confidence!
There’s no such thing as Self-confidence! That heading may seem like a strange statement for someone who has dedicated his life to personal and social development but self-confidence is in fact an example of a ‘coco’ or confusing concepts (see previous blog –  Avoid the Killer Coco!) In this case, the confusion is between self-esteem […] Read more »



Avoid the Killer Coco!
As personal and social development specialists we often work with people who are ‘off track’. Our role is to help them re-consider their priorities and make more effective decisions. One reason people and organisations lose their way is because they fall into the trap of ‘confusing concepts’, something we refer to as a ‘coco’. These […] Read more »



Jam on Toast!
What’s your pleasure? Wine? Chocolate? A flutter? Shopping? Recreational drugs? Each of these can be undeniably pleasurable but many religions take a dim view of pleasures such as these with a special mention to the pleasures of the flesh! Clearly some people have huge and life destroying problems with addictions to these pleasures. In fact […] Read more »