The Learning Renaissance

School Heads Share Concerns in England

Despite the fragmentation of the education estate in England which has been caused by government privatisation policies designed to turn all schools run by local authorities into Academies, Headteachers are … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Wisdom of Dr Seuss #3

November 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Why Learning Intelligence? By Kevin Hewitson | The Staffroom

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle”    George Orwell Sometimes the obvious is on our doorstep, often ignored and rarely noticed.  So it … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Mechanics of Change Leadership in Schools

Promoting development in schools is fraught with challenges and leaders need to have a clear strategy to include all players and understand their perception of change. This infographic from Garry … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Learn New Things

November 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Brain Plasticity – The Brain’s Ability to Change and Grow Over Time, by Andrej Dethlefsen

Nineteenth century phrenologists thought that each function of the brain was discrete and operated like a filing cabinet to contain information about subjects. We now know that the brain functions … Continue reading

November 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Purpose of Education

November 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Taking Stock of the State of Education

  In what has been a tumultuous six months in political terms in the West, this might be an appropriate time to take stock of the state of learning and … Continue reading

November 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cash injection to secure youth music for four years | BBC News

Practical music teaching in England, delivered by a network of 121 hubs, is secure for another four years, ministers have announced. The hubs, first set up in 2012, allow children … Continue reading

November 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Genesis of the English Language

It is often stated, by even native speakers, that the English language is incredibly difficult to learn. That is hardly surprising given its complicated lineage. This series of maps outlines … Continue reading

November 18, 2016 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: Learn Something New

November 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

University opens without any teachers | BBC News

A university for coding without any teachers opened in California last month. It’s called 42 – the name taken from the answer to the meaning of life, from the science … Continue reading

November 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

Oxford University to launch first online ‘Mooc’ course | BBC News

Oxford University has announced its first ‘massive open online course’ – or so-called Mooc – available to students anywhere in the world. These free online courses have grown in popularity … Continue reading

November 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: 10 Ways to Maintain Your Passion for Teaching

Source: Top sketchnotes for 2015 | eTools for Language Teachers

November 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Finland to Abandon Subject Teaching by 2020

Great news from the often admired Finnish education system… they are abandoning traditional subject teaching. By 2020 their curriculum will be based on cross curricular learning projects. This is a … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Schools ‘could be 19,000 heads and deputies short by 2022’ | BBC News

Education charities warn schools in England could be short of 19,000 heads and deputies by 2022. The Future Leaders Trust, Teach First and Teaching Leaders say the new leaders will … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Shape of Things to Come… Augmented Reality and Learning

The problem with many leading-edge learning technologies is that the cost of adoption is so great only large corporations, the military or research programmes can afford them. However the last … Continue reading

November 11, 2016 · 2 Comments

Thought For The Day: The Wisdom of Thomas Edison #3

November 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Teacher Curse No One Wants to Talk About | Edutopia

Christopher Reddy explores The Curse of Knowledge and seven ways to make learning easier. By incorporating facts, novelty, examples, analogies, and emotion; and cycling content, telling content-related stories, and making lessons … Continue reading

November 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: What You Didn’t Know

November 8, 2016 · 1 Comment

A quarter of pupils ‘write only for school’ | BBC News

A quarter of eight- to 18-year-olds rarely or never write something that is not for school, a report says. Just one child in five told a survey for the National … Continue reading

November 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

Parents in Spain go on homework strike | BBC News

Thousands of parents in Spain are going on strike against state schools this weekend over the large amount of homework given to their children. Students from 12,000 schools nationwide will … Continue reading

November 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inventor Sir James Dyson sets up college to tackle skills shortage | BBC News

Inventor Sir James Dyson is setting up his own technology institute to tackle the shortage of engineers. The Dyson Institute of Technology, opening in autumn 2017, will create home-grown talent, … Continue reading

November 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Teacher Resources | BBC News School Report

School Report is the BBC’s initiative which gives 11-16 year olds the chance to make the news for real. Read the step-by-step guide to taking part in the project and find … Continue reading

November 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

Government ‘must act to improve careers provision’ | BBC News

Ministers are accused of “burying their heads in the sand” over the poor state of careers advice for teenagers in schools in England. The House of Commons Sub-Committee on Education, … Continue reading

November 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

School-leavers ‘lack essential workplace skills’ | BBC News

Most school-leavers do not have the basic skills needed for work, according to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. A survey by the business group has found … Continue reading

November 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Wisdom of Thomas Edison #2

November 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Helping Students Believe That They can Write | Edutopia

Given the varied demands facing teachers on a daily basis, it is easy to assume that students ‘get’ the question immediately. However, this is rarely the case. Thus, teachers need … Continue reading

November 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Why do Finnish pupils succeed with less homework? | BBC News

Less homework and fewer lessons. Should we follow the Finns? How do Finnish youngsters spend less time in school, get less homework and still come out with some of the … Continue reading

November 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Wisdom of Thomas Edison #1

November 1, 2016 · Leave a comment