Author of ‘Positive Failure’ and a lecturer in Education Studies at University of Wolverhampton
Alastair has been a secondary school teacher for a number of years and is now on a mission to challenge the current education system, to one where failure is no longer a dirty word, and intelligence is not confused with academic skill.
His book ‘Positive Failure’ attempts to conceptualise failure as a natural and powerful psychological force that when used properly, can shape and inform success, and argues that more opportunities for failure in your school years would have given you an edge and better prepared you for later adult life.
His thoughts on failure
“I argue that in this ‘Google’ age, facts are not what our young people need. Students do not arrive at secondary school aged 11 with all the answers and the best grades. They arrive ready to succeed when they actually should arrive ready to fail. We have put in place a dazzling miasma of systems and procedures to ensure that pupils do not fail.”