The Thinking School: Linking Culture, Quality, Systems and Teams for Better Learning
I’ve been realigning my portfolio for schools and have the following elements of support available for all.
1. Learning Renaissance Educational Professional Development Insights
To gain an international perspective on school development strategies and implementation aspects please add The Learning Renaissance to your online professional development library. New insights, Thoughts for the Day, Editorials and links to research and development articles are published every day.
The readership and insights are international and promote learning collaborations and reflective practice.
2. Fiction and Citizenship for young adults: The Reso Trilogy
Setting the moral case for developing personal values, without moralising, is the core of the three novels for young people comprising the Reso Trilogy.
The Reso explores growing up on a working-class housing estate in North Wales in the 1960s. It presents a number of stark moral dilemmas to work through and explores implications of decisions made. The setting allows for comparisons with the growing up experiences of parents and grandparents generations.
Beyond the Reso looks at the transitions to secondary school and the challenges and opportunities that it provides. Relationships and the development of self- image form a key part of this second book.
Resolution explores the experience of transition from school life to the wider world of life in the community and higher education and returns full circle as the hero starts his career as a teacher in a secondary school.
The series is currently being developed as a podcast.
All the books can be accessed here, as paperback or Kindle editions… other more local bookshops are available, as are keener prices…
I administer the Educationalists and Learning First groups on LinkedIn.
Educationalists is for all those involved in education to share resources and supplies.
Learning First focusses more on the learning process and is intended for teachers as researchers to share ideas.
Feel free to join the appropriate group to share ideas.
4. Ideas for sustainable and fundamental school development: Future Proof Your School and Re-Examining Success
Both these Critical Publishing books explore the theory and practice of school development.
Future Proof Your School demonstrates how to make more of the assets already to hand within your school by developing reflective practice and the teacher as a collaborative researcher.
The book came out of my school and LA-based experiences and time devoted to the Building Schools for the Future programme. The book includes case studies, research digests, triangulation points to apply the principles to your own school and templates for change to give a firm foundation for your own explorations.
Re-Examining Success follows the same format and comes to some distressing conclusions about the current short-changing of young learners that schools partake in.
How we remediate this situation, building schools which develop all their learners in a quality assured way, and how we engage with parents, governors and the local community to promote a hub of excellence which regenerates the local community is the substance of the book.
Discounts can be obtained for multiple purchases made directly from Critical Publishing:
I am available for support and consultancy, as well as for conferences and webinars on structural and methodological elements of school improvement and team building.
In what I hope will be the short term, I think online conferencing will be the most likely format for conversations. I’m happy to do a free initial consultation to establish if I am the most appropriate person to support your school in its development effort.
I'm convinced we can, as a species, do much better than this if we set our minds to being much more positive and productive towards our fellow humans.
The solution is learning - creating independent and autonomous learners who can problem solve, innovate and create a better more equitable and sustainable world.
My books, Future Proof Your School and Re-Examining Success together with this blog, explore how better learning outcomes for all can be achieved.