About John

John Roberts

Disruptor, innovator and entrepreneur working mainly in education, industrial relations and technology.  Expect blogs on climbing, edtech and trade unions.

Latest Posts

A State of Shock (Etat du Choc) 19th July 2016

There was a list of four routes on Heather’s fridge (the fridge list). Three weren’t in condition after the recent storms in Chamonix, so that left one: Etat du Choc on the Petit Clocher du Portalet. My french brain didn’t seem to be on form after a long week of work and I’d forgotten that … Read more

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8 reasons to be positive about the EU Referendum result 26th June 2016

Like many friends and colleagues I awoke on Friday feeling alienated in my own country.   I appreciate those who voted leave saying that for them this is the feeling that has built up over many years, but the intensity with which such a feeling was brought upon was devastating. I don’t think those that voted to … Read more

Fairhead Meet 2016 8th June 2016

There’s not much left to say about the quality of climbing at Fairhead festival that hasn’t already been said. Perfect weather, perfect rock and perfect company from 500 friends from across the climbing community who came together for a weekend on one of the best crags in the world. After crushing most of the crag, … Read more

Fairhead 2016: Alex Honnold flashing The Dark Side, E8 6c 8th June 2016

I’d recommended the line of The Dark Side to Jordan Buys the previous day, and eager to take up the recommendation Jordan threw a rope down the huge 55m pitch as I climbed Jolly Roger on the perpendicular wall. As I was topping out, having plugged my entire rack into the route, I could see … Read more

Can technology reduce teacher workload? 14th March 2016

Following on from the Workload Challenge, I was commissioned by Advanced Learning to write a short report on the potential role of edtech in reducing workload. The report “Can technology reduce teacher workload” focusses on the key barriers that are holding back edtech innovation and its potential to impact upon workload.

10 things I’ve learned about Climber’s Elbow or Medial Epicondylitis 3rd March 2016

Just over 12 months ago I was doing a route toward the end of an endurance training session at the climbing wall when I popped out for a hold with my left hand. My forearms were already very fatigued and as I caught the hold and pulled through into a deep lock I felt a … Read more

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