An article by Paul Speller for the Gef the Mongoose website has been praised by many parents and teachers. Paul was asked by the Gef team to reflect on a year of on/off home learning in the Isles of Man. He called for much greater investment in nurture and emotional and mental health support in schools. His piece was also praised by the Island’s Education Minister, Dr Alex Allinson, who said the government ‘must do better’. You can read the full article: Never forget what home learning has taught us
Paul was asked by leading Manx website Gef the Mongoose to write an article on the role of journalism in democracy. It came after a row broke out over the Manx Government’s interaction with journalists at their regular Covid-19 briefings. Paul’s piece, which can be read here, explains the historical importance of journalism in the Isle of Man as well as detailing why dogged reporting does not always make for compelling viewing – but it is the end the result that is the most important.
For his regular Grapevine column in the March edition of Business 365 magazine, Paul opted against writing about the Manx Budget and instead focussed on the impact of lockdowns on the Island’s children – and the need for government to support them in their recovery. The full digital version of the March edition of Business 365 can be found here.