Allen Hall is an assistant principal for teaching and learning at Waterhead Academy in North West England. Allen is a participant of the Future Leaders programme under Ambition School Leadership - https://www.ambitionschoolleadership.org.uk - and a specialist leader in education (SLE) with the Moor End Academies Trust. He is a keen Twitter user (@ahalledu) and blogger at www.allenhalledu. Allen enjoys debating and discussing education with others to learn new ideas and refine old ones so to improve student learning. His particular interests are in organisational health and evidence-based practice in schools.
I must be feeling my age to start with the cliché that “when I was a kid…”, but the modern environment for millennials has vastly evolved from a simpler time of the internet in its infancy, mobile phones the size of bricks (which appear to be back in fashion) topped with an antennae and when buying music was a ritual of sourcing enough change to walk into a store and physically buy a CD with all its glory. Notwithstanding the nostalgia, this period of time still came cloaked with issues of self-esteem, concerns over image, bullying in all its forms, and anxiety to achieve well in school threading all ages together.