The Learning Renaissance

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

Some Principles in Designing Learning Spaces – Rosen Bosch

When working on the Building Schools for the Future programme we always used to talk about learning spaces, even when teachers talked about classrooms. The standard classroom can be a … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Compassion as a Classroom Tool: an article by Andrea Marshbank

If the first year of teaching leads you to a single conclusion, it should be this… that being fair is more important than being right. Too many new entrants to … Continue reading

November 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Worrying Trend in English Education: The Disappearing Headteacher

The privatisation of education in England has seen the reduction in the scope and role of the Local Education Authority, who were the overseeing and accountable body in counties and … Continue reading

November 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

UK Educational Think Tanks: Influence and Orientation

Educational policy is shaped by many factors. In the UK the professional teaching body yields seemingly little influence in the shaping of the educational debate and tends to be consulted … Continue reading

November 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

What the Best Education Systems Are Doing Right

Finnish and Asian educational systems are often quoted as leading the OECD Educational Performance tables and models to aspire to emulate. Such talk is too simplistic as any understanding of … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Some Innovative Ideas on Assessment from ImpactWales

Involving students more in the assessment of their own work helps them understand their targets and their personal progression. As they transition from school to work, being able to be … Continue reading

October 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Neuroscience should be taught to all teachers to help pupils learn | TES.com

An interesting academic study, recorded in the TES, recounting the need to make teachers more aware of the science of learning so that they can help promote better learning methodologies … Continue reading

October 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Embracing Failure: Building a Growth Mindset Through the Arts

We can be sure that in the course of their time in school, every student will experience failure. It is, after all, a natural and quite acute element of the … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Layout of Your Classroom Determines the Effectiveness of the Learning

To return to an earlier theme regarding the paucity of learning vision of many heads, this often manifests itself with regards to learning architecture and classroom furniture. Too often the … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice

When first appointed to the leadership team of an inner city school, I was struck by the abrasiveness of relationships and recourse to abuse and violence amongst the students. Too … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

RE:THINKING: A New Film Focuses on How to Get Thinking Back in Classrooms

You would think that explorations of the process of thinking would be central to the experience of every child passing through the school system. However, you would, for the most … Continue reading

October 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Inquiry-Based Learning. What is it?

Inquiry-based learning has been with us for a long time and has frequently been touted as the “next big thing”.¬† The managerial drive for content over process in education always … Continue reading

September 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Theory of Knowledge Newsletter – Highly Recommended!

Although the movement of state controlled education systems tends towards an overwhelming preoccupation with content over process in learning, there are some brighter and more enlightened beacons in this mire … Continue reading

September 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Grace Kelly Ladybird Trust

Not my usual educational post today, although this is an appeal for greater education into a particular field of research. Grace Kelly, was a four year old who lost her … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

The 21st Century Classroom – Some Starters

One of the most depressing aspects of working in the UK government’s Building Schools of the Future programme was the paucity of vision presented by many Headteachers¬† in the initial … Continue reading

September 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Happy New Academic Year in the UK!

I hope this proves a happy and fruitful first day for all my teacher friends and their children! Difficult times for UK education at present but new and energetic learners … Continue reading

September 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Graham Brown-Martin on the Uberfication of Teaching

There was a time when education was regarded as a public good – you could never have too much of it and there was a moral, economic and political justification … Continue reading

August 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Pedagogy of Poverty by Martin Haberman

Much gratuitous comment is generated regarding the ability of urban students to learn successfully. It has become something of a political football with the right believing they only have to … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Project-Based Learning: A Study

One of the joys of my primary school was the summer opportunity to complete an extended project. We were left to our own devices for almost two weeks and had … Continue reading

August 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Set to Fail – The Reluctant Learners

We’ve all been there as teachers… the Year 9 student who oozes negativity, seems determined to disrupt the learning of others and drives you to distraction with every comment. My … Continue reading

July 31, 2017 · 3 Comments

Learning Styles Myth Debunked

Over a decade ago the idea that students exhibited learning styles was gaining ground. The underlying assumption was that students had a preferred learning style with might involve receiving written … Continue reading

July 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

A Riposte to the Traditional Written Exam

This is a forthright and provocative attack on standard written examinations from the CEO of Yacapaca, Ian Grove-Stephensen. It certainly resonates with my experience… It is long past time to … Continue reading

July 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

School Exclusions: An Expensive Road to Failure

This is a sad report from my old Local Authority, Nottingham City, showing that the brutal tool of exclusions is still widely used as a way of deflecting student issues… … Continue reading

July 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

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