This week, some of the Year 7 Scholars were taking on the role of business advisors in their recent session. Using the example of the rise and fall of former retail giant Comet they were analysing the reasons for the company’s decline and offering advice to their “boss” Mr Cavendish on the do’s and don’ts of running a successful business. The various models of change which the students studied provided a very useful theoretical background to the discussions.

Thinking about change, both planned and unplanned is a very useful exercise for the students. Not only is it most obviously helpful when thinking about historical events, but is also underpins many processes in the natural world as well being central to our climate concerns. At the time of writing there are elections going on locally and internationally, with more on the horizon. These political processes are entirely bound up with ideas of change; why things have got better or worse over the last few years and how they might get better or worse in the next few years, depending of course on one’s point of view.

Understanding the nature of change in a rapidly changing world, is therefore vital.