A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Each step of the way, we have been inspired and supported by individuals and organisations. This acknowledgement page is our way of saying 'thank you' to you all.
Colin's relentless passion for 'making a positive difference' in the world of education was the reason we first encountered the philosophy that underpins 'Single Steps Learning'. Along with Pete and Jane, Colin recognised potential in us many years ago - maybe before we even knew it ourselves. We always valued his opinions and knowledge.
Today, we would like to pay tribute to our friend Colin Weatherley, who passed away recently. Although many of you reading this may never have heard of Colin, he has definitely touched your lives because without him, there would be no Single Steps Learning and no Designing for Learning training.
Colin was, and will continue to be an inspiration to us in both our personal and professional lives. He believed passionately in transforming education from a factory model, which processes and grades, into a real learning experience which truly empowers and enlightens learners. He had the capability to think differently and the dynamism to work relentlessly to turn his beliefs into action.
A few years ago, we came across a quote which said, ‘We don’t fight to win, we can never win. We fight because we have to, because it’s the right thing to do.’
Colin never gave up his beliefs. He never settled for the world as it is but strived to change the world into a vision of something better, a fairer, safer place for everyone and for future generations. After each get together, as he left, he would always exhort us to ‘keep fighting the good fight’ and encourage us to keep our shared dreams alive.
Ethical. Humble. Erudite. Tenacious. Loyal. Resilient. These are just a few words which easily apply to Colin. Often described as a ‘true gentleman’, he also possessed a sharp wit and a great sense of fun!
We feel very privileged to have met and spent time with Colin and we will honour him by continuing to ‘fight the good fight’, in whatever way we can - not to win but because it’s the right thing to do. Thank you, Colin.
Andrew & Lynne, Monday 13th July 2020
Finally, we would like to mention all the councils, schools, settings and organisations that we have had the privilege to work alongside since 2010. Thank you to all the staff, children, families, governors, wider community members and leaders for engaging so positively with us over the years. You continue to inspire us.