The Learning Renaissance

Success Academy…? I Don’t Think So!

Plans are afoot to appoint an administrator from the US Charter School movement when the current HM Chief Inspector of Schools retires at the end of the year. This is … Continue reading

February 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

Secondary school places for all ‘undeliverable’, councils warn | BBC News

The legal duty of councils in England to ensure every child has a school place could soon become undeliverable, say local authorities. Read more about this story on the BBC … Continue reading

February 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Irresistable Rise of the Academy

In the UK, there has been an irresistible rise in the Academy system in the last decade. The initial idea behind Academies under the previous Labour Government was to re- … Continue reading

February 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Five Reasons For the UK’s Worst-Ever Teacher Shortage

Understanding the root causes behind the teacher shortage is essential to be able to answer the question about what needs to be done to tackle this issue, which Education Minister … Continue reading

February 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Warning over England’s ‘teacher brain drain’ | BBC News

Thousands of teachers are being lured abroad with lucrative pay packages as England’s schools grapple with a recruitment crisis, Ofsted warns. Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw says elite public schools … Continue reading

February 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Five Questions to Remove from your Classroom

Originally posted on EDUWELLS:
I talk about teaching and learning quite a lot. In fact, if you ask my wife, probably a little too much. Because of this, teachers in…

February 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

21st Century Pedagogy: a Student Perspective

The modern learner has to sift through a lot of information. That means higher level thinking skills like analysis and evaluation are necessary just to reduce all the noise and … Continue reading

February 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Return of the One Year Astronauts

NASA Television will provide complete coverage Tuesday, March 1, as three crew members depart the International Space Station, including NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian … Continue reading

February 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Joy of Understanding

February 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

No Child Beyond Learning…

I’ve been hard-pressed with certain students, but throughout my teaching career I’ve always believed that no child is beyond learning. The problem often lies in the techniques and dynamics of … Continue reading

February 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

What happens when we interfere with the learning relationship?

Originally posted on ace-d:
The Learning Relationship explained Let’s start by explaining what a “learning relationship” is. This graphic is my way of showing how the responsibility for learning should, over time,…

February 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Never Stop Learning

February 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Darker Side of Academisation

This article from Graham Brown Martin presents a rather stark account of the learning sterile world that comes with a minimalist view of the learning process. Source: Meet Education UK’s … Continue reading

February 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

NASA Shares Over 10,000 Images from Apollo Missions on Flickr

In October 2015, NASA uploaded dozens of galleries to Flickr, containing over 10,000 photos from the manned Apollo missions. Access the full library here: Project Apollo Archive Support the project … Continue reading

February 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Great British Television Map

The on-screen locations of some of the best-loved UK TV shows have been mapped out in this fascinating new infographic, created by US graphic designer Tim Ritz. Source: Tim Ritz TV … Continue reading

February 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Leadership Qualities in Learning Organisations

Nicholas Bate has some fair ideas for leadership in a learning organisation. Without such a vision you can be swallowed by the day to day… Source: #Sketchnote: Leadership 7 by … Continue reading

February 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought for the Day: Learn Everything, Any Time, from Anyone

February 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

STEAM: an Engine of Learning

Charles R Drew Charter School is a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) school, and project-based learning is their instructional delivery method. By integrating PBL and STEAM, they empower … Continue reading

February 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought for the Day: Learn with Pleasure

February 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

STEM or STEAM? The Implications of a Science-Dominated Curriculum

The importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a continuing theme in this blog. In the UK, an area where we have traditionally outpunched our weight has been … Continue reading

February 15, 2016 · 1 Comment

Black History Month: 12 Facts About Jerry Lawson, Creator of the Video Game Cartridge | Tech Times

Tech Times takes a look at the life and legacy of Jerry Lawson, a self-taught engineer and creator of the video game cartridge. Source: Black History Month: 12 Facts About … Continue reading

February 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Heads warn over pupils’ untreated mental health issues | BBC News

Children’s untreated mental health issues could spiral into psychiatric problems later in life unless more is done in schools, say head teachers. The National Association of Head Teachers says with … Continue reading

February 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

Apps to Support Diverse Learners in the Classroom | Edutopia

Apps can help diverse learners by gamifying their tasks, coaching them on social cues, prioritizing their time, strengthening their math skills, and sharpening their language abilities, and are a terrific and … Continue reading

February 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: Keep Moving Forward

February 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

How do I increase my child’s intelligence? | BBC iWonder

During the first five years of a child’s life 90% of their brain development takes place. Up to 51% of a child’s development is thought to be defined by environmental … Continue reading

February 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: Success and Failure

February 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Skills For Future Success in a Disruptive World of Work | Tanmay Vora

Experts predict that we are heading towards a ‘jobless future’ and that it is both an opportunity and a threat. Even if we don’t think too much about what happens … Continue reading

February 8, 2016 · 1 Comment

Preparing for a World We Cannot Envisage – Digital Disruption

Sixteen years ago I was in a linear teaching career. The parameters of what I did on a daily basis were very clear on most days. Since then I’ve had … Continue reading

February 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Good Schools Guide editor: Better state schools put private sector at risk | BBC News

UK state schools have improved so much that some private schools may go out of business, the Good Schools Guide says.When the guide was first published in 1986, it recommended … Continue reading

February 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Shelve paperbacks in favour of E-books in schools? | BBC News

E-books are increasingly being used in classrooms by children as young as three – and they are making a big difference to the reading habits of boys. But there are … Continue reading

February 6, 2016 · Leave a comment