Born in Yorkshire in the UK (home of modest folks). My parents moved me to Lancashire at an early age. I didn’t enjoy school (hence the poor grammar that some of you have undoubtedly picked up on). My first teacher didn’t like naturally left-hand d children such as I; and at the age of five, I was subjected to her leading the whole class with a song, “David Wilson is no good, chop him up for firewood.”. I was put of school and education for the next decade or so. I didn’t excel at sport, and for that matter, not many other subjects (other than physics, religious education, oral English, and geography). I finished school at 16 with no GSCEs to speak of.
I coasted around, not fully knowing what I wanted to do in life. I worked as an apprentice gardener, forestry worker, shop assistant, etc. Then I had a Sliding Doors Moment and ended up working as a nursing auxiliary in an acute learning disabilities hospital. I’d never considered a career in health and social care. However, I got a taste for it and realised that I needed to go back into education if I wanted to advance in my career path. I worked hard, trying to catch up on what I had missed out on as a teenager. I went to FE college, before going to University. I qualified as a social worker, and have since gone on to further studies at post-graduate level, most recently finishing my MSc in Advanced Practitioner (Evidence Based Practice). I am loving education, and would appreciate the opportunity to undertake a PhD – but that might be on hold for a little while, whilst my youngest son finishes school.
Outside of work, I’m very much in love with my wife, who is my soulmate. I’ve two sons, one of whom is married. I’ve recently welcomed a granddaughter to the family. The other member of my immediate family is my lovable rogue of a dog. I enjoy fine foods, gardening (which is my therapy), and politics. I’m often described as a lefty-woolly liberal atheist, but I take that as a compliment (even if it’s not meant to be).
This blog is just about me, trying to improve my physical and mental wellbeing. I hope you enjoy reading it.