On the hottest day of the year, The Stables was open for business as usual providing a chilled yet business like atmosphere. The business centre was being used as a hot office by 3 clients who were thoroughly enjoying the weather they were experiencing.

Throughout the day the clients were being regularly provided with ice cold, refreshing chilled water and freshly made tea and biscuits. For lunch the clients ordered a panini each which was served with salad and a bowl of crisps. Due to the extreme 35⁰ C heat that the UK was experiencing, complimentary ice creams were kindly provided by the catering department which is based on site.

During their break-times clients enjoyed the scenic views from the decking area at the rear of the centre, relaxing in the sun and discussing business related and other matters.

Physical Education National updates courses

NEW COURSE: Wednesday 20th July & Wednesday 7th September 2016 – Already know about what is happening in Physical Education nationally but haven’t the time to attend 5 different courses over 1-2 years to find out more? If the answer is yes then this is the course for you. Not only do you get to relax in picturesque Worcestershire countryside, but you also get access to an Award winning tutor with national and international acclaim!

Andrew Frapwell, who received a Leadership & influence award from afPE at this year’s national conference is pooling his vast experience to piece together key information required for a higher performing, more equitable system that ensures not only compliance but also value added.


Andrew is using his own teaching background, his international experience developing assessment and curriculum for international countries, his insight into Assessing without Levels including authoring a book on the same title, his role as Ofqual subject expert leading the review of PE qualifications and his vast facilitation experience globally to structure a course that includes the following:


  • Physical Education Mastery – what does it look like? How do we achieve it?
  • Assessing without Levels – for greater inclusive progress, higher standards and less admin for teachers. A simple effective framework is presented and new standards are shared
  • Effective curriculum design – a mastery curriculum providing greater opportunity for higher standards
  • The new GCSEs, GCE AS & A Levels. Insight is provided in to the changes towards a higher performing system and how to achieve great results in the short and longer term
  • Why using the new 9-1 GCSE grades for assessment in KS3 to estimate grades in GCSE PE at KS4 is a nonsense with the new measures introduced for league tables from 2016

Contact us today to sign up for this invaluable course.

The cost is £190+ vat and includes handouts, 2GB memory stick with background documents and 2 course luncheon

Worcestershire businessman receives National Award

On Tuesday evening at the Association for Physical Education’s (afPE) Annual Conference Dinner, held at the National Football Centre, St George’s Park, Andrew Frapwell was presented with the ‘Award for Leadership & Influence.

Andrew who is the founder and owner of af Thinking & Learning Company Ltd., based in Wychbold, was both surprised and extremely honoured.

“To be recognised by fellow colleagues in this way is both humbling yet very gratifying” “You try and make a difference to fellow teaching professionals and support their work in providing the best possible experience for children and young people in schools and you don’t think about awards”

The Award was presented to Andrew by Sue Wilkinson afPE’s Strategic Lead and he was nominated by Eileen Marchant MBE, JP and Steve Caldecott who is Head of Quality at UCFB and carries out school and college inspection work for Ofsted Inspection).

The nominations drew attention to Andrew’s vast experience across the sector, and his innovative work on Assessing without Levels in schools. In addition the reach and impact of his work on teachers and coaches was highlighted since 1996 when he led the PGCE Secondary PE Course at the University of Worcester.


You don’t win Awards like this by doing stuff on your own.  Some people throw bricks at you, some people give you bricks – some help, some don’t, but they all contribute to the foundations for success

Award Information: Award for Leadership & Influence
To be awarded for making a difference at regional/national level

February Meeting Venue Offer

For Cupid’s arrow to strike in the right place, celebrate Valentine’s month with afTLC Ltd at The Stables Conference & Meeting Venue.

We have an amazing Valentine’s offer for any booking in February.
Book our venue during February and we will offer you complimentary tea/coffee and delicious Valentine’s cupcakes.

To book please contact / 01905 886325

* Offer is valid until 29/02/2016. Terms and conditions may apply.

afTLC signed a contract with Jamie Carragher Sports and Learning Academy

We are very happy to announce that af Thinking & Learning Company has signed a contract with Jamie Carragher Sports and Learning Academy to support the training of their coaches, especially in regard to their work in primary schools.

Jamie Carragher is a retired English footballer who played as a defender for Premier League club Liverpool for 17 years and he received 38 senior caps for England. He is currently a pundit on Sky Sports. A one-club man, he was Liverpool’s vice-captain for 10 years, and is the club’s second-longest ever serving player. Carragher also holds the record for the most appearances in European competition for Liverpool with 150.

The Jamie Carragher Academy in partnership with Oakmere, specialises in sport management, coach education and coaching courses. They are providing training in all areas from nutrition to fitness enterprise.

jamieee On the left Andrew Frapwell – director of af Thinking & Learning Company Ltd
On the right Jamie Olsen – director of Jamie Carragher Sports and Learning Academy

Merry Christmas


We all wish you a happy holiday season and our sincere thanks for your goodwill and loyalty throughout the past year. We look forward to meeting you next year.

Thank you!

We want to thank all those who joined us and all of those who couldn’t be there but sent their wishes re the Opening of our new meeting rooms on 11th December 2015 at The Stables Conference & Meeting Venue.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and are looking forward to see you next year!

September is World Alzheimer’s Month!

September 2015 will mark the fourth global World Alzheimer’s Month™, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma. World’s Alzheimer’s Day is celebrated annually on September 21.

The theme for World Alzheimer’s Month 2015 is Remember Me. We’re encouraging people all around the world to learn to spot the signs of dementia, but also not to forget about loved ones who are living with dementia, or those who may have passed away.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD), also known as Alzheimer disease, or just Alzheimer’s, accounts for 60% to 70% of cases ofdementia. It is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gets worse over time. The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events (short-term memory loss). As the disease advances, symptoms can include problems with language, disorientation (including easily getting lost), mood swings, loss of motivation, not managing self care, and behavioural issues. As a person’s condition declines, they often withdraw from family and society. Gradually, bodily functions are lost, ultimately leading to death. Although the speed of progression can vary, the average life expectancy following diagnosis is three to nine years.

The cause of Alzheimer’s disease is poorly understood. About 70% of the risk is believed to be genetic with many genes usually involved. Other risk factors include a history of head injuries, depression, or hypertension. The disease process is associated with plaques and tangles in the brain. A probable diagnosis is based on the history of the illness and cognitive testing with medical imaging and blood tests to rule out other possible causes. Initial symptoms are often mistaken for normal ageing. Examination of brain tissue is needed for a definite diagnosis. Mental and physical exercise, and avoiding obesity may decrease the risk of AD.There are no medications or supplements that decrease risk.

No treatments stop or reverse its progression, though some may temporarily improve symptoms. Affected people increasingly rely on others for assistance, often placing a burden on the caregiver; the pressures can include social, psychological, physical, and economic elements. Exercise programs are beneficial with respect to activities of daily living and can potentially improve outcomes. Treatment of behavioral problems or psychosis due to dementia with antipsychotics is common but not usually recommended due to there often being little benefit and an increased risk of early death.

The Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London was a major conflagration that swept through the central parts of the English city of London, from Sunday, 2 September to Wednesday, 5 September 1666. The fire gutted the medieval City of London inside the old Roman city wall. It threatened, but did not reach, the aristocratic district of Westminster, Charles II’s Palace of Whitehall, and most of the suburban slums. It consumed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St Paul’s Cathedral and most of the buildings of the City authorities. It is estimated to have destroyed the homes of 70,000 of the City’s 80,000 inhabitants. The death toll is unknown but traditionally thought to have been small, as only six verified deaths were recorded. This reasoning has recently been challenged on the grounds that the deaths of poor and middle-class people were not recorded, while the heat of the fire may have cremated many victims leaving no recognisable remains. A melted piece of pottery on display at the Museum of London found by archaeologists in Pudding Lane, where the fire started, shows that the temperature reached 1700 °C.

The Great Fire started at the bakery of Thomas Farriner (or Farynor) on Pudding Lane, shortly after midnight on Sunday, 2 September, and spread rapidly west across the City of London. The use of the major firefighting technique of the time, the creation of firebreaks by means of demolition, was critically delayed owing to the indecisiveness of the Lord Mayor of London, Sir Thomas Bloodworth. By the time large-scale demolitions were ordered on Sunday night, the wind had already fanned the bakery fire into a firestorm which defeated such measures. The fire pushed north on Monday into the heart of the City. Order in the streets broke down as rumours arose of suspicious foreigners setting fires. The fears of the homeless focused on the French and Dutch, England’s enemies in the ongoing Second Anglo-Dutch War; these substantial immigrant groups became victims of lynchings and street violence. On Tuesday, the fire spread over most of the City, destroying St Paul’s Cathedral and leaping the River Fleet to threaten Charles II’s court at Whitehall, while coordinated firefighting efforts were simultaneously mobilising. The battle to quench the fire is considered to have been won by two factors: the strong east winds died down, and the Tower of London garrison used gunpowder to create effective firebreaks to halt further spread eastward.

The social and economic problems created by the disaster were overwhelming. Evacuation from London and resettlement elsewhere were strongly encouraged by Charles II, who feared a London rebellion amongst the dispossessed refugees. Despite numerous radical proposals, London was reconstructed on essentially the same street plan used before the fire.

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is annually observed on August 23 to remind people of the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade. It gives people a chance to think about the historic causes, the methods and the consequences of slave trade.

The day designated by UNESCO to memorialize the transatlantic slave trade. That date was chosen by the adoption of resolution 29 C/40 by the Organization’s General Conference at its 29th session. Circular CL/3494 of July 29, 1998, from the Director-General invited Ministers of Culture to promote the day. The date is significant because, during the night of August 22 to August 23, 1791, on the island of Saint Dominique (now known as Haiti), an uprising began which set forth events which were a major factor in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

UNESCO Member States organize events every year on that date, inviting participation from young people, educators, artists and intellectuals. As part of the goals of the intercultural UNESCO project, “The Slave Route”, it is an opportunity for collective recognition and focus on the “historic causes, the methods and the consequences” of slavery. Additionally, it sets the stage for analysis and dialogue of the interactions which gave rise to the transatlantic trade in human beings between Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.

The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was first celebrated in a number of countries, in particular in Haiti (August 23, 1998) and Senegal (August 23, 1999). A number of cultural events and debates were organized. In 2001 the Museum of Printed Textiles (Musée de l’impression sur étoffes) in Mulhouse, France, conducted a fabric workshop entitled “Indiennes de Traite” (a type of calico) used as currency in trade for Africans. The International Slavery Museum opened its doors on August 23, 2007 in Liverpool where Slavery Remembrance Day events have been conducted since 2004.

What do people do?

Each year the UN invites people all over the world, including educators, students and artists, to organize events that center on the theme of this day. Theatre companies, cultural organizations, musicians and artists take part on this day by expressing their resistance against slavery through performances that involve music, dance and drama.

Educators promote the day by informing people about the historical events associated with slave trade, the consequences of slave trade, and to promote tolerance and human rights. Many organizations, including youth associations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations, actively take part in the event to educate society about the negative consequences of slave trade.

Public life

The UN’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is a United Nations observance worldwide but it is not a public holiday.


In late August, 1791, an uprising began in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) that would have a major effect on abolishing the transatlantic slave trade. The slave rebellion in the area weakened the Caribbean colonial system, sparking an uprising that led to abolishing slavery and giving the island its independence. It marked the beginning of the destruction of the slavery system, the slave trade and colonialism.

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was first celebrated in many countries, in particular in Haiti, on August 23, 1998, and in Senegal on August 23, 1999. Each year the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reminds the international community about the importance of commemorating this day. This date also pays tribute to those who worked hard to abolish slave trade and slavery throughout the world. This commitment and the actions used to fight against the system of slavery had an impact on the human rights movement.


UNESCO’s logo features a drawing of a temple with the “UNESCO” acronym under the roof of the temple and on top of the temple’s foundation. Underneath the temple are the words “United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization”. This logo is often used in promotional material for the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.