The Perils of a Privatised Education System in England
Accountability and impropriety… it sounds like a Victorian novel. I’ve spoken before of the accountability issues of handing over vast swathes of the national educational estate to private Academy chains. … Continue reading
Finnish Education Explained by Pirjo Suhonen
Our friend, Pirjo Suhonen, outlines the key features of Finnish education which make it both distinctive and effective:
Thought For The Day: Go the Extra Mile
How Nature Supports Children’s Learning
Perhaps the disconnect between nature and young people has revealed something that we all intrinsically know: that young people learn and thrive in nature. According to a world-first review by … Continue reading
Thought For The Day: The Road to Success
Common Courtesy… Or Supporting a Neurodiverse Person?
Some more clear thinking from Professor Amanda Kirby on the issue of supporting neurodiverse people in your school or company. Nothing revolutionary here, simple a rational and consistent approach to … Continue reading
Which Countries Have the Smartest Education Systems, and in Which Direction Are They Headed?
Although the article by the World Economic Forum linked at the end of this piece is entitled ‘Which countries have the smartest kids?’ it shows nothing of the kind. The … Continue reading
Thought For The Day: What Learning Is
Word Of The Day: Glossophobia
Gaming – Still a Dirty Word in Schools
Perhaps because of its antecedents in toys and children’s games, the idea that games can be used purposefully as part of the learning diet in schools has not gained much … Continue reading
Three Pathways to Learning Transformation in Schools: Part 2: Change Management Solutions
In the first article in this series I outlined the key issues preventing the effective development of schools as learning organisations in the UK. In this article we will … Continue reading
A Template for Neurodiversity
Professor Amanda Kirby again makes the complex understandable in her chart of the common neuro-diverse conditions and how they impinge on each other. I consider reflection on this chart would … Continue reading
Just in Time for the Examination Preparation Period: Re-Examining Success by David Hughes
This is the new flyer to accompany my recently-released book: a systematic and learner-friendly way of digitising revision. There is a whole section on digitising revision and also making revision … Continue reading
Thought For The Day: Feeling Tired?
Thought For The Day: Bittersweet
Behaviour Management: Some Thoughts
It has often struck me when I’ve seen parents reprimanding their children in public that it is often the parents who seem more out of control than their children. The … Continue reading
Homework… What is it Good For? Absolutely Nothing!
The issue of homework has been a thorn in my side since I started teaching. The standard thinking is that it develops independent learning skills, extends the work of the … Continue reading
Thought For The Day: Where the Magic Happens
500 Words 2020 | BBC Radio 2
500 Words is Radio 2’s kids story-writing competition, in association with Oxford University Press, Parents, guardians and teachers can register for a SUBMITTER ACCOUNT, or by following the links at the … Continue reading
Three Pathways to Learning Transformation in Schools: Part 1: Identifying the Problems
From November 2019: Flagship city school rapped and downgraded by Ofsted for ‘removing’ pupils ahead of GCSE exams | Birmingham Live Holte School in Lozells was one of a number … Continue reading
Re-Examining Success launched!
Crikey, it has only been out for a couple of days and already a bestseller in Blackwells… No.3 in educational strategies and policy!
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