Stand Up & Speak Out

It's that time of year again when students are heading back to school, in order to support students and parents/guardians, we are running an #Advice4School campaign across social media. As part of our campaign we will be sharing some inspirational blogs and stories that will hopefully encourage students to seek the support that they truly deserve. 

This blog post comes from Joseph Farrelly, a teacher from Ireland. 

What type of student were you, e.g; your hobbies, interests?

I was a very sporty student played any sport I possibly could but also loved reading and would go through a Harry Potter book in a day.

If you could change one thing about it now, what would it be?

I would have loved to have learned more about time management. 


What was the best piece of advice you were given at school?

It was actually given to me by my grandmother when I used to visit her on lunch break. It was no matter where you go education will never weigh you down.


What advice would you give to a parent/guardian reading this, if they are concerned about their young person?

As a teacher myself I would always recommend building the relationship so that that the child of the guardian/parent feels comfortable talking about their life with them. 


"School days are the best days of your life"

I disagree. Every stage of your life will have ups and downs and it’s about making the most of all opportunities and getting involved. 


What advice would you give someone who is concerned about bullying in general?

Speak to an adult you trust, protect yourself, keep records and try to make something positive with your time. 



With every generation of young people new opportunities come. Jobs that never even existed 5 years ago are now in demand. It’s a great time to be young and moving forward with new ideas, new chances and we are all part of the process no matter who you are… 

Joseph Farrelly