Global awareness and visiting speakers

Global Awareness has been a hot topic for me over the last week, starting with the final round of the selection process of a new Head of Global Awareness – more on the successful candidate later in the week – moving on to Sir Andrew Cahn‘s Civics on Friday, Dr Noel Brehony’s talk at last night’s Middle East Society and looking forward to Lord Winston’s Eckersley Lecture tonight. There will a number of energetic and globally avid Bedalians who will have been to all three – plenty who have been to the first and the last. So, in a nutshell, their scope?  Sir Andrew: the role of the Civil Service and the ways it’s changed, what drives politicians, Prime Minister’s styles, British industry’s competitiveness vs BRIC countries, his own career choices (“a grey journalist or a colourful civil servant”?), what Britain and Bedales might look like in 40 years’ time; Dr Noel: the Arab Spring – one of three revolutions over the past century, Egypt’s birth pangs, Yemen, Israel and missed opportunities for peace; Lord Winston – can we survive the 21st Century? That puts a different spin on Global Awareness.

By Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales Schools


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.