Education Debate


I was having this debate the other week with my ‘Mother friends’ – I don’t believe in private tuition and I know if I had my own child, I would want them learning and mixing with others in a group tuition environment.  I feel there are a lot of charlatans out their giving private tuition, who are charging extortionate fees and taking parents for a ride. Some are not even qualified or that knowledgeable.  I’m shocked to learn some haven’t even being given a full security check.  In this day and age, I worry more and more about children, what kind of world are they living in now.  I always think, if the kid is getting private tuition in the first place, what the hell is wrong with them? why can’t they learn in class like the rest of the kids – what are they lacking?

I went to a great state school (not private schools, unlike my cousins) and got everything I could out of it, I poured over every book, I made sure I got the best grades and topped up by school books with gold stars (although, as you notice from my blog, my spelling and grammar could be improved a bit, always in a rush apologise).  We got drama lessons, which I’m so grateful for because now they are becoming more and more limited in the curriculum.  I was a shy bookish child who liked to do her art work in a quiet peaceful environment, I certainly wasn’t smoking behind the bike sheds.  The bad apples of my school who ‘bunked off’ I would never understand – Education is a golden gift, a lot of people would give their right arm for, so many people STILL in this world cannot get.  It was also the playground I learned to be boisterous and shout my mouth off  (I went to a very loud Essex state school).  I certainly believe in that feeling that coming from a state school environment you learn how to fight BIG TIME (I’ve still got the knee scar from hockey, don’t worry I tripped them up in my own way – words are always sharper).  I would of liked to have gone to a performing arts school in London, but much preferred a state school with real characters and different people from all walks of life. The thought of a toff private school makes me feel quite ill actually. I despise English snobbery.

I’ve never had that ticking clock (whatever that is) for children, I still feel 25 most days. Being competitive and the best has never changed from the past to now.  I never had any of that private tuition nonsense, probably because I had a super smart Father and Mother who would know the answers.  My own Mother was better than my French teacher, My Father the Math Teacher.  I felt better than everyone in my Art class and Drama come to think of it anyway.

Read this interesting report from First Tutors.



CJAGlass Blog December

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Have you always wanted to write a novel but don’t know where to start? Are your doubts and fears holding you back?

To celebrate the launch of our new ‘How to write a novel’ column in 2017, we are bringing together two of our favourite novelists, Elizabeth Heathcote and Lucy Atkins, to giveus their top writing tips, with publishing advice from Stef Bierwerth, publisher-at-large for Quercus.

Psychologies’ associate editor Elizabeth Heathcote worked as a feature writer and editor on newspapers and magazines for many years before writing her first novel, Undertow.

Lucy Atkins is the award-winning, bestselling author of The Missing One and The Other Child. Lucy is also a literary critic for The Sunday Times.

You will learn:

  • Where to find inspiration
  • How to plot and create convincing characters
  • How to start, how to keep going and how to know you’re finished
  • How to tackle your inner critic
  • How to find an agent and get your novel published

Date: 7 December

Time: 7pm-8.30pm

Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1 4RL

Cost: £18


NCC Home Learning – Fiction/Creative Writing Competition – Comp closes 30th Nov 2016


The Sceptre Loves Short Story Competition comes from Hodder & Stoughton – Comp closes Valentines Day 14th Feb 2017


Win a place on a Arvon residential writing course of your choice (worth £1,000) – Comp closes 13th February 2017


Win the chance to work backstage with Aveda at London Fashion Week 2017 #withAvedaICan Campaign – Comp closes 31st January 2017


Win a writing map – 7 winners! – Comp closes 19th Dec


Win a 2017 Print & Pattern/Make it Design Scholarship (worth over £1,280) – Comp closes 31st December 2016


Win a week staying at a Lisbon Apartment for writers, poets, Photographers and Artists – Comp closes midday 24th December


Felix Magazine is proud to launch a competition to showcase the most wonderful faces and places of London Win £200 & more – Comp closes 6pm 5th Dec


Win a trip to France in the ultimate fan fiction contest – Comp closes 30th April 2017

Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia only


Good Luck!


CJAGlass Blog November

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They say ‘A week is a long time in politics’ certainly feels like a long week.

Watching 3 modern day power couples at the top of their game, all different industries, all built to last is certainly awe-ispiring. But what really is the modern day power couple these days? I’m never the girl who cuddles up with a guy on the sofa watching DVD’s, not my style, too much to do in this superbly big world of ours.  A partner that wants to get ahead as much as you do is certainly in the minority, he’s a hidden gem and if you’ve got him, you’re already half way there.  A power couple is not an ‘ordinary couple’ – They aim for the sky, in fact the sky isn’t even the limit.  A power couple work hard, support each other and embrace their goals with as much fire in their belly as each other.  They even exercise together (again, no more lounging on the sofa).  These are the couples that go to far away places that no one has ever been to or heard of before just for a quick stay, any longer and they might miss a multitude of deals coming their way. They don’t talk about their relationships, they are too busy living it.  They keep their intimate life private and certainly don’t share it with friends or family. A real Lady and a Gent after all. Let’s not forget, they pursue their own interests outside of the relationship and never lose their individuality.

I can think of some great ones, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda in business, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith in showbiz, but certainly not ‘The Beckham’s’ they bore me and their relationship is more of a contract than anything else, too phony.


Look up the term Power couple and this is what it states….

A relationship between two people who are equally as cool as each other. They are as individually awesome and fun to be around as they are when they are together.

Neither one depends on the other for their feelings of self worth- they know in their heart that they are just as valuable to the world as the other. Good looking, optimistic, and sparks a light in the world that people recognize that goes beyond a normal relationship.

In a power couple, if one person is flawed, the other person makes up for their weaknesses in strength. Together they are the epitome of what anyone would desire in a relationship.

They encourage goodness in the world and make it a better place by being together.

You can not get better than that!


CJAGlass Blog November


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So elated for my friends and family right now.  I was angry over Brexit, (purely for my own reasons, two cowardly men promising the NHS more money and then going back on their word, taking the nearest Exit, then leaving a woman to clear up the mess) but now I’m dealing with the idea of Brexit, now it all makes sense.  We have to embrace change.

Let’s hope America can be Great again (it always was Great in my eyes) but….Please start in the inner cities first!  I was in tears watching a documentary on Ohio.  Need to start there.


CJAGlass Blog November

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That look you give….

That Lily Savage look you give when your American Ex is back, not only reading your Blog but wanting your advice – Jog on Sunshine!



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Back to the film work yay!

Back to the 4.30am alarm clock…………..OK, that is the worst part, especially at the weekend, going out in the morning dark, coming home in the late night dark.  I have no social life and have probably sacrificed a lot for this, but is it all worth it? of course it is.

Having an image overhaul too.



CJAGlass Blog October

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Event: Conde Nast Brides The Show 2016


Big thank you to Conde Nast, The Mayfair London Hotel, Hays & Jarvis & more for putting on a lovely event for us ladies (and some gents) this weekend at Brides The Show 2016 in Angel Islington.








The Bridal Cake


Your venue in a cake – Love this idea


The Sweetie Shop cake – So delightful


Circus style catwalk, candyfloss, ice cream, popcorn and sweets too


Loving my goodie bag of treats! (for VIP’s only)

OH, and just so you know….



CJAGlass Blog October

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