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Thought For The Day: All You Need…

December 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

One of the Problems with Multi-Academy Trusts: Accountability

One of the problems when you transfer state educational assets  to Multi-Academy Trusts operating in a commercial environment to generate shareholder value is accountability. I say one of the problems, … Continue reading

December 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Happy Christmas from the Learning Renaissance and Dr Seuss…

December 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Wealth Inequality and Social Injustice: A Message for Christmas

Until such wealth inequalities are addressed this county will not make the progress it desires. We cannot use the blunt mechanism of wealth to determine opportunity. We cannot afford to waste … Continue reading

December 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Restful and Happy Christmas Break to all our Learning Renaissance blog readers worldwide

I hope all our readers from across the world are now reaching the time of either their winter or summer break in schools and colleges. This has been a year … Continue reading

December 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Numbers and the tricks they play | BBC Academy

Numbers can be used to tell all sorts of stories. They can help show the scale of a particular problem or issue, illustrating whether it’s big or small. When you’re … Continue reading

December 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Accommodating Difference

This from Manjula Raman, CEO Evangelist CHIEF KNOWLEDGE OFFICER AND PEDAGOGIST: This picture was drawn by an autistic kid and her buddy with the caption I want to fly i … Continue reading

December 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Retreat into Managerialism – Data in Schools

An interesting article by Rebecca Allen about the use, misuse and misinterpretation of data in schools: When the going gets tough, schools make data | FFT Education Datalab Download the … Continue reading

December 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Though For The Day: Challenging Behaviour

We forget this at our peril. Thank you to Dr Tina Rae for sharing this timely reminder about behaviour, and what it tells us, if only we would listen and … Continue reading

December 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Why is the UK not making sufficient progress in the PISA tables? Andreas Schleicher of OECD Shares His Thoughts

This TES interview with Andreas Schleicher of the OECD, who compile the PISA comparative education effectiveness tables is very revealing, and, after all, he is in a position to understand … Continue reading

December 16, 2019 · 1 Comment

Primary league tables: How did your school do? | BBC News

New primary school league table data for England has been published by the Department for Education. The tables are based on how 11-year-olds in each school performed in national curriculum … Continue reading

December 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Children with Sensory Disorders – The Signs Are There If We Look Closely

Children with sensory disorders exhibit consistent patterns of behaviours. As teachers we may not observe the pattern or join the dots of the behaviour into a pattern. Thanks again to … Continue reading

December 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: A Message From MLK For Today’s Leaders

December 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

What happens when you privatise your national schools estate and fail to put in adequate governance and accountability?

I’ve spoken before about the Tory government flagship educational policy of privatisation of the national schools estate through the mechanism of creating Academy chains to replace local authority control of … Continue reading

December 11, 2019 · 1 Comment

New Article on Future Proofing Your School in pDT Journal 21.1

In a rather bleak Christmas period, it was a treat yesterday to be contacted by Graham Handscomb, the editor of pDT (Professional Development Today), to say that my polemical article … Continue reading

December 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Be Kind

Be kind, be fair and treat others as you would want to be treated and all will be well.

December 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

What the PISA tables don’t tell us, what the politicians don’t understand, and what good teachers know

The PISA tables reviewing the year 2018 have just been published. They present a ranking of the effectiveness of the respective education systems of countries in the areas of reading, … Continue reading

December 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Emotional Intelligence: Towards an Operational Definition For Learning

Many thanks to Daniel Sobel for bringing this table based on work by Daniel Goleman back to my attention. I first read it when completing the National Professional Qualification for … Continue reading

December 6, 2019 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: Art and Creativity

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso

December 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

UK PISA Results: Not Much Change, But Some Worrying Developments

This week’s release of the international comparative data on educational performance (PISA) revealed a marginal improvement in performance of UK schools in Maths, but otherwise no breakthroughs in teaching and … Continue reading

December 4, 2019 · 1 Comment

School/Parent Relations and SEND Pupils

The relationship between schools and parents can be a fraught one. It is often characterised by an arm’s length relationship, which exacerbates when the child enters secondary school and the … Continue reading

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

December 3, 2019 · 2 Comments

Estonia: How to do education effectively!

With the latest PISA figures published by the OECD now available, it might be worth considering one of the brightest stars in the educational firmament… Estonia. Estonia has come from … Continue reading

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Project-Based Learning: Some Hiccups Along the Way

This blog has long advocated Project Based Learning (PBL) as a key conduit towards creating a 21st century curriculum in schools. PBL is the basis for transforming a teacher led … Continue reading

December 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

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