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Gaming – Still a Dirty Word in Schools

Perhaps because of its antecedents in toys and children’s games, the idea that games can be used purposefully as part of the learning diet in schools has not gained much … Continue reading

February 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Three Pathways to Learning Transformation in Schools: Part 2: Change Management Solutions

  In the first article in this series I outlined the key issues preventing the effective development of schools as learning organisations in the UK. You can access this first … Continue reading

February 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Just in time for the examination preparation period… a systematic and learner friendly way of digitising revision… Re-Examining Success by David Hughes

The new flyer to accompany my recently released book… there is a whole section on digitising revision and also making revision more enticing for pupils. This builds on techniques successfully … Continue reading

February 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Behaviour Management: Some Thoughts

It has often struck me when I’ve seen parents reprimanding their children in public that it is often the parents who seem more out of control than their children. The … Continue reading

February 10, 2020 · 2 Comments

Homework… What is it Good For? Absolutely Nothing!

The issue of homework has been a thorn in my side since I started teaching. The standard thinking is that it develops independent learning skills, extends the work  of the … Continue reading

February 7, 2020 · 2 Comments

Digitising Revision: The Basis of a Student Performance Breakthrough in Your School

This article is an abridged version of techniques expanded upon in a new book:  Re-Examining Success: Raising pupils’ examination performance at secondary school: systems, techniques, processes and partners by David … Continue reading

February 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Three Pathways to Learning Transformation in Schools: Part 1: Identifying the Problems

From November 2019: Flagship city school rapped and downgraded by Ofsted for ‘removing’ pupils ahead of GCSE exams | Birmingham Live Holte School in Lozells was one of a number … Continue reading

February 3, 2020 · 1 Comment

Re-Examining Success launched!

Crikey, it has only been out for a couple of days and already a bestseller in Blackwells… No.3 in educational strategies and policy!  

February 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Tomatis: Linking Sound Processing and Learning

I have become very interested in the work of Charlotte Davies in the field of Tomatis research. It is only in the last year that this significant aspect of learning … Continue reading

January 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

The 2020 Critical Publishing Catalogue: The Answer to Questions That Have Been Challenging Schools

It is a really exciting time to be part of the Critical Publishing stable of authors. They have tapped into a rich vein of experience and focus with their Practical … Continue reading

January 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Learning Technologies and How to Develop and Deploy Them: Changing the Paradigm

I generally take a sceptical view of educational technology because the implementers tend to want to shoe-horn in new technologies without going to the trouble of the professional development required … Continue reading

January 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Bett 2020… Learning Paradise Deferred?

The siren call of the BETT Conference, the world’s largest educational technology exhibition is sounding again at the ExCel Centre in the heart of London Docklands. It will showcase the … Continue reading

January 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Stuck Schools: Diagnosis, Treatment and Sustainable Improvement

Ross Morrison McGill’s article on the unintended consequences of labelling ‘stuck’ schools resonated with me. As always, Ross Morrison McGill is on the money in his analysis of why schools … Continue reading

January 22, 2020 · 1 Comment

The Place of the Arts in the Curriculum

In all the clamour for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the curriculum, Arts subjects are increasingly marginalised. Sometimes it feels like they are regarded as ‘the icing’ on … Continue reading

January 22, 2020 · 3 Comments

The Unequal Playing Field of Education

In  my new book, Re-Examining Success, out in March 2020, I outline ways in which the current examination system disproportionately favours those from relatively settled and well off homes. To … Continue reading

January 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Change Management: The Paucity of Project Planning Skills and Cultural Change in Schools

I’m always fascinated when principals tell me how busy they are. It seems that since some of them have become the CEO’s of a number of schools, their perceived workload … Continue reading

January 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

A week in the life of the Learning Renaissance blog…

When the redoubtable Sue Cowley helped me to post what I thought was my own research into educational initiatives, I thought it would have a small and parochial level of … Continue reading

January 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Danish Lesson For the UK: How to Sort Out the Apprenticeship Mess!

In the last ten years the apprenticeship system in the UK, always brittle, has been thrown into turmoil. For the most part the blame lies with the Tory government for … Continue reading

January 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

A damning view of Ofsted… and a potential way forward: Re-examining what we mean by success in schools

Two things that have happened in the last week have revealed the systemic failure of the Ofsted model of inspection. Firstly Mary Bousted published a damning article on the coming … Continue reading

January 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Growing Power For Young, and Not So Young, Minds!

I’ve worked with schools which have built growing food into the curriculum and then used it as the basis of practical maths exercises and to supply the school kitchen as … Continue reading

January 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Some Alarming Developments in England’s Initial Teacher Training

Just as a curriculum is only as good as the vision of its creators, so the quality of teaching is largely determined by the quality and vision of the training … Continue reading

January 6, 2020 · 2 Comments

Re-examining Success: Resetting School Culture for Continuous, Quality-Assured Improvement in Learning

Just over a month to go before Re-examining Success is published. It follows on from last year’s book entitled Future Proof Your School, and continues the theme of change management … Continue reading

January 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

One of the Problems with Multi-Academy Trusts: Accountability

One of the problems when you transfer state educational assets  to Multi-Academy Trusts operating in a commercial environment to generate shareholder value is accountability. I say one of the problems, … Continue reading

December 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Wealth Inequality and Social Injustice: A Message for Christmas

Until such wealth inequalities are addressed this county will not make the progress it desires. We cannot use the blunt mechanism of wealth to determine opportunity. We cannot afford to waste … Continue reading

December 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Restful and Happy Christmas Break to all our Learning Renaissance blog readers worldwide

I hope all our readers from across the world are now reaching the time of either their winter or summer break in schools and colleges. This has been a year … Continue reading

December 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Why is the UK not making sufficient progress in the PISA tables? Andreas Schleicher of OECD Shares His Thoughts

This TES interview with Andreas Schleicher of the OECD, who compile the PISA comparative education effectiveness tables is very revealing, and, after all, he is in a position to understand … Continue reading

December 16, 2019 · 1 Comment

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