As we enter the final lap, the GCSE and A-level exams our pupils have been gearing up to all year round, it seemed right to share a key principle underpinning our approach to coaching pupils into top universities.

A simple formula really; marginal gains over time = exceptional results

Popularised in the world of sport. Sir Clive Woodward, a man who knows a thing or two about leadership once said ‘England winning the Rugby world cup was not about doing one thing 100% better, but about doing 100 things 1% better”.

Similarly, Sir David Brailsford who brought Team GB 8 golds in London 2012, not to mention the Tour De France for Team Sky making him one of the most successful coaches the world of cycling has seen. He said ‘If you broke down everything you could think of that goes into riding a bike, and then improved it by 1%, you will get a significant increase when you put them all together’. …

Recently, I helped organise a debate with London is Fem and IDEA on the subject of ‘Activism and Feminism: how to create change’. 5 panellists each from incredibly diverse and unique positions giving thought provoking insights. One person, for me, stood above the rest though and that was Pavan from My Body Back project.

Throughout the event, she spoke with a sense of honesty and incredibly forthright humility — ‘When I started my Body Back, I was scared and embarrassed’ one of the lines she mentioned.

Leadership has to come from the heart. And she had it in spades. How? Having the bravery to admit she was unsure what she was doing, recognising and wrestling with that discomfort, and then emerging with a view of I’m going to do it anyway. Often, leaders we know in the community, politics or business all seem so 100% sure of everything, to the extent, it seems they were always born for that role. …

‘A new dawn has broken, has it not?’. The famous words of Tony Blair when elected in the optimism fuelled Brit-Pop 1997 election. May 2015 marks a similar dawn but I’m afraid the optimism has been replaced by sheer disbelief amongst my progressive friends.

Decisions are made by those who turn up. In the highest turnout (66%) since that famous Labour landslide, the British public have given a clear stamp against the current Labour party being 26 seats down on 2010.

So, we lost.
Yes, Ed (both Miliband and Balls, in fact) were partly to blame.
Yes, the SNP screwed our seat share. …

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