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18th November 2018
 

VOICE OF THE NORTH

So there's a Brexit deal on offer: but Parliament is too riven with division to do its job, while Theresa May's own MPs abandon ship and duck responsibility - among them Berwick's own MP. On  Voice of the North I condemn what the Mail calls "peacocking saboteurs". They shouldn't be paid to represent us if they don't do their job.

EDUCATIONAL

On Monday I felt obliged to write in support of home educators who had suffered some glib but offensive comments from Tes's own Ed Dorrell! My usual weekly piece was provoked by news that the quite unnecessary new Year 4 times-tables tests will cost £5m. When will minsters stop micromanaging? Besides, with Brexit meltdown, haven't they got enough to do? Click here to find the text which will link you to the Tes webpages.

 


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Welcome to the website of

Bernard Trafford

 Writer, musician, educationist

and author of Song for a Spy,

 a historical adventure novel available for instant download or in paperback via Amazon

 

Writer

Dr Bernard Trafford has been writing widely and frequently for three decades, penning first song lyrics, then serious educational articles and books before moving into journalism. For several years he contributed a popular weekly opinion column to Newcastle's regional daily paper, The Journal, subsequently working with former Journal columnists to set up  the blog-site Voice of the North.  

His debut novel, Song for a Spy, is now available on Amazon Kindle and in paperback.

Bernard writes weekly educational blogs for the Tes and occasional advice-pieces for SecEd: see the box to the left for links to his latest online pieces, and Writing for further detail. 

 

Musician

A musician by training, he has never stopped writing, arranging, directing, singing and playing. His entry for the 2017 BBC Radio 3 Breakfast Programme's Carol Competition, a setting for SATB of the medieval text Sir Christëmas, was shortlisted by experts, declared winner by public vote and is published by Banks Music Publications. As a performer he loves to sing and, still more, to play the trumpet: orchestral, Baroque and traditional jazz. See Music

 

Educationist

Bernard was a school principal in the private sector for some 28 years, heading three major schools and finally retiring in August 2018.  Involved for many years in education on a national scale, he is a former Chair of HMC, the organisation of UK and international British-style independent schools that includes most of the best in the world. He was part of a professional team of volunteers who successfully opened a Free School in the deprived west end of Newcastle in 2015: the West Newcastle Academy is now thriving in splendid purpose-built accommodation in Benwell. 

Bernard's PhD thesis linking democratic and participative leadership to school improvement won Birmingham University's 1996 George Cadbury Prize and led to advisory work with both the UK government and the Council of Europe. See Biography.

 

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