The Learning Renaissance

Welcome to the Learning Renaissance: Exploring Effective Learning in the 21st century

Welcome to the Learning Renaissance Blog! My name is David Hughes and I am an educator and writer from the United Kingdom. I always said I wouldn’t write a blog … Continue reading

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Transactional Analysis and Engendering Mutual Respect

Rita Pierson gives a masterclass here in a bad day in the class and how to use transactional analysis to generate a culture of better relationships built around success. I … Continue reading

August 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Learndirect rated ‘inadequate’ in Ofsted report | BBC News

Training company Learndirect has been branded by Ofsted as “inadequate” – the worst rating the watchdog can give. Inspectors found not enough learners achieved the skills and qualifications to progress … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Injunction lifted on critical Ofsted report | BBC News

The future of one of the UK’s largest adult-training providers is in question after it failed to block publication of a critical report by Ofsted inspectors. Learndirect had obtained an … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: Teaching By Example

This applies equally to students and teachers!  

August 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Social and Emotional Skills defined by Anya Kamenetz

This infographic and article provides a solid foundation for exploring social and emotional learning. Source: What Do We Mean When We Say ‘Social And Emotional Skills’? | MindShift | KQED … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Helping Students Develop Their Values… and Your School Ethos

Being proactive and asking students to record their own values is a useful exercise in developing a philosophical understanding of what motivates and impassions people. building an ethos based on … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: Sleep Well?

August 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dumbing Down the Profession… Headteachers in their Twenties!

One element of the transfer of accountability from local educational authorities to the Multi Academy Trusts has been the appointment of younger and younger heads. There is certainly a recruitment … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

TED Talks: Shukla Bose on teaching one child at a time

A seminal TED Talk by Shukla Bose regarding respecting individuality and rejecting production line based learning. Shukla Bose: Teaching one child at a time | TED Talk | TED.com

August 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Drawing

A little girl, aged 4, was asked what drawing was, and she replied: “You just think something and draw a line around it!”    

August 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Madness of Standardisation in Learning

In contrast to a recent post regarding project based learning, here is an article from the Guardian exploring what teachers and students are enduring in the standardised testing regime currently in … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: Teach the Children

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Project-Based Learning: A Study

One of the joys of my primary school was the summer opportunity to complete an extended project. We were left to our own devices for almost two weeks and had … Continue reading

August 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

TED Talks: Sugata Mitra and the Hole in the Wall Project

Sugata’s Hole in the Wall Project is a famous piece of field research in education. In some of the poorest regions of India, he placed the latest computers into walls. … Continue reading

August 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Teacher Confession

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How to Design a School That Prioritizes Kindness and Caring | MindShift

  It says much about the state of our society when you need to start explicitly trying to build kindness into your school’s DNA. How far has capitalism taken us … Continue reading

August 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Awakener

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Set to Fail – The Reluctant Learners

We’ve all been there as teachers… the Year 9 student who oozes negativity, seems determined to disrupt the learning of others and drives you to distraction with every comment. My … Continue reading

July 31, 2017 · 3 Comments

Meet the Guides encouraging girls into science and tech | BBC News

Can girlguiding encourage more girls to take up science, technology, economics and maths? The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is updating its image with a number of … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

TED Talks: Ken Robinson on Schools Killing Creativity

In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning – creating conditions where … Continue reading

July 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Secondary school pupil numbers set for 19% rise by 2026 | BBC News

The number of pupils in England’s secondary schools is set to rise by almost a fifth within the next decade.Government figures show there are expected to be around half a … Continue reading

July 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Artificial Intelligence – Some Things to Know

An article by Ray Williams regarding Artificial Intelligence and the impact it will have on our lives in the near future… We are on the verge of a technological revolution … Continue reading

July 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: John C Crosby on Mentoring

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Learning Styles Myth Debunked

Over a decade ago the idea that students exhibited learning styles was gaining ground. The underlying assumption was that students had a preferred learning style with might involve receiving written … Continue reading

July 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

10 charts that show the effect of tuition fees | BBC News

University tuition fees in England have become a political battleground – with renewed calls that they should be scrapped.When they were increased a few years ago to £9,000 they became … Continue reading

July 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Future First – an alumni community for every state school and college

Former students can have a transformative effect on the lives of young people at their old schools and colleges. Future First aims to create a national culture of alumni engagement so that … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Young Enterprise: Volunteering

The excitement and satisfaction of mentoring, of transforming attitudes, and of helping young people open their eyes to the world of enterprise keeps many of our volunteers coming back year … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

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