The Learning Renaissance

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

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

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
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