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The Atmosphere and Climate Change

This short book attempts to give a grounding in the Atmospheric system and the processes which are at work in the atmosphere. This background will hopefully give readers a better understanding of how human activity has influenced the world’s climate since the 19th century.

Small climatic changes noticeable over one lifetime are evidence of something very significant going on in the atmosphere. The changes in the British Isles may have been small yet noticeable; in other parts of the world faster-rising sea levels and advancing deserts pose a threat to homes and livelihoods which are very serious.

It should be clear that the carbon dioxide we have already put in the atmosphere will cause continued global warming for the rest of the 21st century. The challenge is to avoid further unnecessary damage to our planet.

My hope is that readers will feel better informed in regard to the climatic changes which we are all experiencing.

 

Population and Migration

Population and Migration are Social Science topics which can attract a lot of media attention. Indeed, the media, through careless headlines and oversimplifications are capable of generating many myths based on a very crude understanding of the issues. The politicisation of these topics by both the right and left in politics can make it difficult to separate fact from fiction.

I will attempt to explain some basic concepts and terminology used in these topics and by examining the data available, plot a course through the myths and “fake news”.

There is no doubt the population increase since 1800 and the scale of the current world population - circa 7.7 billion – poses problems for governments and the natural environment. It took our species around 200,000 years to reach the population total of one billion but only a further 200 years to surpass seven billion and in 2020 we are adding around 80 million to the human population each year.
 

Water-in Geography


This book examines the Geography of WATER. Starting with the Global Hydrological Cycle and then examining selected landscapes shaped by water including Rivers, Coasts, and Water in Rocks such as Chalk and Carboniferous Limestone. Examining the development of coasts, scarp and vale scenery as well as upland Karst scenery. The book concludes with an examination of the geopolitics of water supply, a potential source of conflict in the 21st century.
 

Physical Geography

 

In this book, I have attempted to cover the sphere of Physical Geography for Senior High School/Secondary students. They should find many of the topics they will be examined on, presented in appropriate detail for the level of study. The book covers many more topics than are typically covered in examinations for 16-18 year-olds but this book has a second purpose in giving any young person who wishes to study Geography at University a solid grounding in a wide range of Physical Geography topics. I have provided Question sections that students can use to test themselves as well as Exam Style Questions to give an indication of what might be expected of them by way of assessment. Liberally scattered throughout are exam-style questions and marked answers, which I hope students will find helpful, in working out what exams require of them.

 

 

Thanks to Danny Murphy for this review of my recent book.

Leading: a handbook for aspiring leaders 

 

“Skilled and effective leadership and management result in a strong, coherent, positive culture, underpinned by well understood and well-supported routines, the foundations on which a school’s pupils can thrive can achieve their potential. On the basis of such work aspirant leaders, and those in leadership positions, come to be trusted to lead, to make the right decisions, and to learn from those decisions that don’t come outright.
Any aspiring educational leader has much to learn from this readable distillation of the lessons Ritchie learned during his career, particularly as headteacher of Inverness High School, the school which benefitted most from his own wise and capable leadership.”
Danny Murphy
Honorary Fellow at University of Edinburgh

 

Behaviour Management in Schools


This short book gives an introduction into managing behaviour in a school setting. Written by a former high school headteacher who was in post for 23 years. The book sets out by giving some answers to basic questions about behaviour management in schools illustrated with personal insights. The book builds towards the last two chapters which outline a sample training course for staff and then an outline of a sample school policy and procedure. The book will be of interest to teachers of any background as well as managers charged with maintaining order in schools.
Contents include:
Why manage behaviour in schools?
What is low level disruption?
What is required of schools – in regard to behaviour management?
Developing a behaviour management policy
Rules
Rewards
Sanctions for poor behaviour
Developing a school ethos or culture
How to manage pupil behaviour in the classroom
The importance of teacher professionalism
The basic elements of behaviour management
A staff training programme
One school’s behaviour management scheme
 

Leadership Bytes

 

Leadership is a complex and multifaceted topic that has captured the attention of scholars, practitioners, and the general public for centuries. At its core, leadership is the art of inspiring and guiding others towards a common goal or vision. However, the qualities, skills, and approaches that make an effective leader vary greatly depending on the context and situation.  With the right skills and mindset, anyone can become an effective leader. Leadership is one of the most difficult aspects of their job, that managers face. Some people trying to become managers have little idea of what it takes to be a leader.
In today's rapidly changing and interconnected world, effective leadership is more important than ever. The challenges we face are complex and multifaceted, requiring leaders who are able to think critically, adapt quickly, and work collaboratively with others. By understanding the different styles and qualities of leadership, we can all work towards becoming better leaders and contributing to a brighter future.
This book is about the importance of leadership, I will examine key components of leadership. Looking at a range of leadership theories and the changing role and purpose of leaders. It will also examine the requirements for leadership and how leaders prepare for the future. The book is called Leadership Bytes and breaks down leadership topics into short, concise sections. These “bite-sized” topics break up the subject of leadership into manageable sections and short chapters.

The funny adventures of 4C

 

The funny adventures of 4C is a step back in time to the Grammar Schools of the 1960s as seen through the eyes of 14-year-old Bobby. Bobby is an 11-plus failure trying to rise through the ranks of an elitist school and never giving up. This year is an eventful one for Bobby and he reflects on his first love, bullying and the pains of growing into a young man, in this funny look at life in a grammar school in the 1960s. Discover what the year has in store for Bobby and how he copes with the challenges thrown at him. This speedy romp through the more innocent times of the 1960s will captivate you and perhaps remind you of some of the funny and daft things that happen in schools. The funny stories reflect the typical goings-on, in any secondary school where often the pupils seem more mature than the adults teaching them.

A classic tale, ready to transport you back to a simpler time. Full of warmth and good humour, 4C is like taking a nostalgic walk through the 1960s. Wry observation and heart-warming humour are in equal measure, the book overflowing with amusing anecdotes.

The Art of Leadership: Mastering the Skills for Success

This book dives deep into the intricacies of effective leadership, providing aspiring and seasoned leaders alike with a comprehensive guide to achieving success. The book tackles the core concepts of leadership, outlining its importance, defining its essence, and exploring the distinct roles of managers and leaders.

Through dedicated chapters, the book unfolds various leadership styles, from the authoritative to the laissez-faire, equipping readers with the knowledge to identify and refine their own approach. Each chapter then delves into specific, essential skills necessary for effective leadership, including self-awareness, communication, decision-making, and team building. Ethical leadership and motivating others are also given dedicated focus, providing practical strategies for fostering trust, transparency, and employee engagement.

The book doesn't shy away from the challenges, dedicating chapters to navigating change, building strong relationships, and continuously learning and developing. It even addresses leading in a global context and navigating crisis situations, offering valuable insights for leaders operating in complex environments. Finally, the book delves into the future of leadership, exploring emerging trends and equipping readers with the tools to adapt and thrive in the ever-evolving landscape.

Whether you're just starting your leadership journey or seeking to refine your existing skills, "The Art of Leadership" offers a clear, practical roadmap for achieving success. It's a comprehensive exploration of the challenges and rewards of leading, packed with insights, strategies, and actionable advice to help you step up and unleash your full potential as a leader.

Leadership Topics: Exploring the challenges of leadership

Have you ever stared at a blank page, the weight of expectation pinning you to the chair? Or stood before a crowd, their expectant eyes a kaleidoscope of hopes and doubts? These are the moments that forge leaders, moments where uncertainty blossoms into action and choices ripple outwards, shaping destinies unknown. "Leadership Topics" is a mirror held up to these defining moments.
Within its pages, you'll find not only the challenges that test our mettle, but also the whispers of wisdom gleaned from experience, the echoes of triumphs and stumbles that pave the path to impactful leadership. Consider this an invitation to introspective dialogue, a chance to revisit your own leadership journey and chart a course towards a legacy worth living.

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