The Learning Renaissance

Testing 3, 2, 1: Michael Lawrence Calls Out Standardised Education Practice

Like myself, my colleague Michael Lawrence is very taken with the Finnish education system and the reflection and professional thought that has gone into its creation. The welfare and development … Continue reading

July 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

Planning a Better Future with Fabienne Vailes

Another week, another great conversation with an educator passionate about change in education and learning. Fabienne Vailes has experience of education in most of its phases and can see clearly … Continue reading

July 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

If you do one thing to end this school year successfully, watch this seminar.

It has been a long and difficult academic year bringing disruption and challenges which have, between them, thwarted the scope and pace of school development planning. End the year on … Continue reading

July 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Critical Mass: Forces for Change in Education Worldwide

I have been much heartened over the previous months by conversations I have had with educators worldwide who are rejecting the premise of current educational models. Increasingly they are putting … Continue reading

July 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

Insights into the Parent Relationship with School and Learning from Liz Keable

I found a conversation started recently by Liz Keable on LinkedIn very insightful regarding the relationship of the parent and the school in supporting learning of the individual child. Improving … Continue reading

June 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Michael Rosen Rejects Data-led Learning

You know your curriculum is in trouble when even poets are taking up pens against it… Here poet and author Michael Rosen deplores the direction of the reductionist school curriculum.  … Continue reading

June 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

A Curriculum for the Future…

What at first sight may appear to be a rather Utopian mission statement for a forward-looking school is in fact nothing of the kind. This is the pre-amble to the … Continue reading

June 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

I Did. You Can: The Phil Crompton Interviews

I was both flattered and inspired to be asked by my old friend, Phil Crompton to take part in his series of interviews with people he considered to be ‘movers … Continue reading

June 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Building the Curriculum of the Future: Can you help? An Appeal to Education Leaders Worldwide

Noting the general malaise in education reported in the Western world I’m keen to explore solutions. In the past, the standard response to widespread teacher dissatisfaction has been a pay … Continue reading

June 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Recovering from Learning Loss: Opportunity in a Crisis

The Coronavirus has given schools some daunting challenges, not least of which is the learning time lost due to illness and closed schools during the pandemic. There is an urgent … Continue reading

May 30, 2022 · Leave a comment

A Small Victory for the Creative Arts in Wales

At a time when the creative subjects are under threat by the march of the ‘basics’ brigade, it was very encouraging to see Huw Jones picking up this under-reported piece … Continue reading

May 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Interoceptive Input and Sensory Processing Disorder

This issue is beyond my expertise and experience, but I include it to show how our growing understanding of the science and neuroscience of life and learning has the ability … Continue reading

May 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Transformational Change: From Random School Initiative to Capacity Building and Whole-School Cultural Development

  An initiative is needed in your school. It might be needed to plug a deficiency identified internally, or, more alarmingly, in response to a critical report. Most usually the … Continue reading

May 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

Some Vital Neuroscientific Information For the Classroom

Here’s a thought… in planning learning, what if the structure of the lesson was based not on Into, Body, Plenary or some such structure, and instead aimed to achieve that … Continue reading

May 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

I Did. You Can. A Podcast with Phil Crompton

I had always expected to have a linear career as an educational professional aspiring to lead my own school, which I did. However, forces beyond my control then took over … Continue reading

May 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Some Key Developmental Factors in Adolescent Learners… Ignore Them At Your Peril!

Teenagers can be annoying, can’t they just! Daydreaming, emotionally charged, refusing to sit still and just listen…  the list is endless, as any teacher will tell you. However, if you … Continue reading

May 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Sir Ken Robinson on Creative Leadership

Is is not data richness but relationship richness that defines an effective school. We forget this at our peril. It takes vision to give the data detritus the time it … Continue reading

May 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

Authentic Connection, the Secret to Effective Learning

Thank you to Visible Child for this timely and succinct reminder of what our role as educators involves for all those in our care… the role of the educational leader … Continue reading

May 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Leader You Most Admired and Should Aspire to Emulate

I imagine we will all recognise the qualities of great leaders in this infographic. I find many of these qualities apply not to the brash and narcissistic examples of leadership … Continue reading

April 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Shape of Things to Come…

If anything summed up the attitude to education/learning development of the Learning Renaissance team, it is this infographic. However, it should be qualified. There are, in fact, no times of … Continue reading

April 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

Behaviours Which Give Opportunities for Personal Growth

Challenging behaviour… the very term is corrosive of the learning environment. Challenging behaviour assumes that the is a central purpose and a pedagogical style in which the teacher is the … Continue reading

April 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline

I found this infographic chilling in the starkness with which it presents a common picture that readers in the US and the UK would recognise. Whilst the education system is … Continue reading

April 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Sir Ken Robinson’s Legacy Continues

Probably the most influential educator of recent generations, Sir Ken Robinson inspired many with his wise words delivered with humour and insight. Do Schools Kill Creativity is still the most-watched … Continue reading

April 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

Smacking in Wales Becomes Illegal | BBC News

Smacking children has recently been made illegal in Wales. I’m very pleased to hear this, although it might take a generation for the culture to catch up with the legislation. … Continue reading

April 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

What Motivates You? An Opportunity to Reflect…

My good friend Phil Crompton recently gave me the opportunity in a podcast interview to reflect on my motivation as one of his I did. You can. series. Such an … Continue reading

February 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

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