The Learning Renaissance

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

A new year and a new enterprise… The Learning Renaissance Blog! My name is David Hughes and I am an educator and writer from the United Kingdom. I always said I … Continue reading

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Getting Everyone on Board for Learning

This post caught my attention as early in my career as I used a lot of lateral thinking to try and create the conditions for learning. The feigned heart attack … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

PE ‘Cinderella subject’ for too long, says report | BBC News

The status of physical education in schools needs a “radical shake-up” and it should be valued in the same way as core academics subjects, a report says. Read the full … Continue reading

October 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Aberfan: The mistake that cost a village its children

The story of what happened in the south Wales mining village of Aberfan is a devastating one which dealt a similar fate to the children who survived it. It is … Continue reading

October 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Teaching Employability Skills | Barclays LifeSkills

LifeSkills created with Barclays is a free, curriculum-linked programme, developed with teachers to help improve the skills and employability of young people in the UK. Access the full range of … Continue reading

October 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Our Most Powerful Weapons

October 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Another Government U-turn as return to ‘halcyon’ days proves an illusion!

As a former History teacher, I’ve done the calculations  and I think the Tory government is looking to recreate the year 1955 in its backward looking education policy. The fetish … Continue reading

October 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

What if there were more women in tech? | BBC News

From gender-neutral bots to period-friendly healthcare trackers, cars with more storage and clothes with bigger pockets – the world could be a very different place if there were more women … Continue reading

October 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Scaffolding learning – a different perspective?

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As teachers we break a subject down into components or elements of knowledge and understanding, into learning steps if you like. We then find the “best”…

October 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Education System

Little wonder that many schools operate a full pastoral system separate from their academic endeavours when the structure of the learning establishment shares such dubious antecedents…

October 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Learning Styles – Bastardising Neuroscience

Neuroscientists are notoriously difficult to engage with in a meaningful conversation about their research as it is so arcane and nuanced. Consequently when any piece of their research is released … Continue reading

October 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

UN says 69 million teachers needed for global school pledge | BBC News

Almost 69 million teachers need to be recruited around the world by 2030 if international pledges on education are to be kept, warns Unesco. The United Nations agency’s estimate is … Continue reading

October 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Gordon Ramsay had a parents’ evening nightmare. Here’s how to avoid yours | Tom Bennett | The Guardian

Parents’ evenings are an afterthought for some adults. Some teachers tumble into position seconds before curtain-up, covered in crumbs. Others manage their appointments like mortgage applications. Many mums and dads … Continue reading

October 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

53 Ways to Check for Understanding | Edutopia

This list of assessment strategies from Edutopia will help you identify new ways to check for understanding and verify what students have learned. Read more about these strategies in the … Continue reading

October 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Margaret Mead

October 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mental Models as Learning Scaffolding

I came across this illuminating article regarding mental models at Headguruteacher and wondered how many teachers construct lessons in a way to maximise the chances of all students assimilating and remembering … Continue reading

October 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Training

October 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Grammar Schools – 1955 Revisited

  There seems a desire in current UK government education policy to return to some mythical era when all was right in the world. About the year 1955 to be … Continue reading

October 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

Are universities secretly sexist? | BBC News

Universities might have a reputation as bastions of Guardian-reading liberalism. But when it comes to the top academic jobs they stand accused of failing to give women a fair chance. … Continue reading

October 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

19 Great Tools to Create Educational Infographics | Teachers Tech Workshop

Source: 19 Great Tools to Create Educational Infographics | Teachers Tech Workshop

October 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Limitations of Learning

October 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Sad Tale of the Dismantling of State Education Accountability

In the UK the current government policy is to strip schools from the local accountability of the county councils and pass over control of schools to Academy Trusts. A similar … Continue reading

October 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

Playground politics for new parents and how to handle them | BBC News

A guide to playground politics for new parents and tips on how to handle them. Click through to the BBC website to read the article: Playground politics for new parents … Continue reading

October 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Thought

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Managerial Leadership

There is one school of thought about educational leadership that suggests that the ‘product’ of schools is the same as that in any industrial production unit and that by manipulating … Continue reading

October 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Is homework worth the hassle? | BBC News

A school has ditched homework. What is the evidence about the value of taking work home from school? Read the full article on the BBC website: Is homework worth the … Continue reading

October 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

Using Learning Intelligence* to leverage learning

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What does being a better learner mean? If I asked you the same in terms of football, or any other sport you would more than likely…

October 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

100 Best Education Infographics | Visual News

A collection of the 100 best education infographics, ranging from the importance of STEM and EdTech to the trouble with tuition and the problem of rising student loan debt. Find … Continue reading

September 30, 2016 · Leave a comment