The Learning Renaissance

Being a Parent With a Child With Special Educational Needs

Having grown up with an elder brother with special educational needs, though in his time in school it was known as “mentally handicapped”, I can empathise with this infographic and … Continue reading

May 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Metacognition in Context: How Learners Put Themselves in the Learning

Two students do not approach the same problem from the same direction. Their approach is determined by their metacognitive sense of identity as a learner. To be effective their learning … Continue reading

May 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Education Directions in Finland: School Design – Function and Form

Someone recently posted a link to this school design on LinkedIn and wondered when a British School would follow suit. The question was a silly one because a school does … Continue reading

May 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Academy Chains… Growth and Mutation

Apparently the privatisation of English education, as represented by the growth of Multiple Academy Chains, has hit an additional problem. Apparently they were working on the basis that they could … Continue reading

April 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

The Myth of the Grammar School…

The claimed benefits are shown to be down to social factors and cherry-picking, says Professor Stephen Gorard, of Durham’s School of Education: Grammar schools do not have better pupil attainment … Continue reading

April 25, 2018 · 1 Comment

An Overview of a 21st Century Curriculum

Andrew Churches published this overview a few years back on edorigami.wikispaces.com and it stands today as a model for 21st century learning.  We first shared it on this blog back … Continue reading

April 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Behavioural Intentions and Functions

All behaviours are trying to reach a defined objective. Some behavioural strategies are effective and some less so – but they are all defined by their end. I’ve had this … Continue reading

April 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Attention Please! Getting on Task

You may be surprised at what I am going to share with you today, but it has serious focus and purpose. It has been traditional to think of the teacher … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

No Shouting!

Shouting at children, as with the argument with corporal punishment, always makes my hackles rise. The only time I’ve shouted in my teaching career has been to get the attention … Continue reading

April 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Why Personalisation is the Future

This is a really useful infographic showing how personalisation compares to other forms of pedagogical approach. Personalisation is not about pedagogy, with the teacher controlling the pace and agenda for … Continue reading

March 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Everyone needs to be in Mrs Zuczek’s classroom…

Thanks to Daniel Sobel for this… We all need to be in Mrs Zuczek’s Classroom for two reasons: As teachers it is what we live and espouse – with no … Continue reading

March 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Why a content-based curriculum won’t support 21st century learners

Information is growing exponentially so the idea that to be considered educated is to have accessed an increasingly small, irrelevant and outdated set of information is perhaps the greatest error … Continue reading

March 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

This is what the political privatisation of the education sector looks like in England

I’ve spoken before of the political dogma driving the privatisation of the school sector in the UK and the evils attendant with it. This is a clear example of wasted … Continue reading

March 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Features of World Class Schools

I’m not sure I’ve ever visited a world class school. I’ve visited some which have thrown a lot of money at the quest and others that will tell you that … Continue reading

February 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Attachment Disorders – The Difficult-to-Teach Child

One of the things that really distressed me as a teacher was that such was the clamour to delivery curriculum content, the specific learning needs of the child were often … Continue reading

February 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Student Mental Health in Schools

There is much more attention being paid to the issues surrounding the mental health of students in schools. Attention is of course great, and an improvement from when mental health … Continue reading

February 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Folly of Multiple Academy Trusts – Unaccountable and Profit-driven – a Toxic Formula for Education

The answer, as with everything with this Tory government, was privatisation. The question had been how to drive up standards in learning across the country. Unsurprisingly, the Multiple Academy Chains … Continue reading

February 2, 2018 · 1 Comment

How Smart is Your Phone? Integrating Technology into Learning

My friend Neil Bunting alerted me to this article which addresses the thorny issue of integrating technology into education and learning. It is often quoted that the modern smart phone … Continue reading

January 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Micro-learning Explained

Whilst completing my teacher training certificate we were introduced to the concept of micro-teaching. It was a daunting experience as we had to deliver a ten minute lesson in the … Continue reading

January 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Managerialism… the Bane of This Generation

Linked to neo-liberal philosophy is the dangerous cult of managerialism. In essence, managerialism is a belief that any business, enterprise or organisation can be reduced to a series of inputs … Continue reading

January 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Moral Philosophy – Relevant and Desirable in Schools?

The last few years have seen some breathtakingly perverse actions by political leaders and the substitution of the word fake in front of news. There appears to be a moral … Continue reading

January 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Different Brains

Different Brains is a new publication to me, but I was immediately attracted to the accessibility of its articles and copy. I also liked the idea that all humans are … Continue reading

January 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Neuroscience of Better Feedback

Too often in schools we get hung up on homework and marking. We judge things in volume and in grades. I’ve always thought their might be a better way to … Continue reading

December 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

Play: The Essence of Learning

I’m focussing on the theme of play at the moment as it seems to be at the heart of all effective learning systems. It is highly significant that the best … Continue reading

December 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Restorative Justice: Suspensions Don’t Teach

The pathway to escalating responses to poor behaviour in schools is when all in-house methods have been exhausted, or when a single incident has been seen to be of a … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Emotions and Reflection: Changing People’s Minds

Having people, be they students or teachers, reflect on their thinking and be prepared to consider other perspectives is a difficult process. It may feel impossible when you consider the … Continue reading

November 22, 2017 · 1 Comment
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