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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

A Picture Warning from History

A timeless summer holiday picture of the type that you might take this summer. It could be the beach at my hometown of Rhyl, or any other beach in the … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Finding Your Place in the World: Ikigai

I remember when doing O levels and A levels recognising that my choices opened up future employment opportunities whilst closing down others. I felt I was destined to do a … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Politics of Entitlement Which Wastes Talent

I’ve had the experience of working with schools internationally which are fee paying and state supported. The common perception is that the ‘top’ schools provide an exceptional and high grade … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Problem in Learning is You…

I once worked with a Head of Mathematics who frequently stormed into the staff room declaring his students to be thick. I remember one occasion when he said that he had explained … Continue reading

April 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Juggling and Lesson Disruption as Motivational Tools

The Educational Endowment Foundation recently published some research about the positive benefits of breaking up science lessons with an unrelated physical activity as an aid to improving learning retention. The … Continue reading

April 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Arts and Humanity

In contrast to my earlier post of distracted teenagers texting in an art gallery, this young lady gets it…

February 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

In a Constant State of Partial Attention

An unintended implication of the spread of handheld technologies is the diversion of attention from the real world to the screen. The photograph above nicely illustrates this electronic dependency which … Continue reading

February 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

An article to celebrate LGBTQI month: A Short History of Homophobic Bullying

In support of LGBT month, the founder of Inclusion for All, Shaun Dellenty has published this very moving and important article. I hope it plays a part in promoting difference … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Learning, Choice and Motivation

Although this article is written with people with Asperger’s in mind, I think the techniques here apply to everyone. I’d go further; we are currently training up our Labrador puppy, … Continue reading

February 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Support World Autism Week!

In all my years of teaching I never received any specific training in Autism Awareness. That means that I was unable to support those students in my classes who had … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · 7 Comments

Happy Christmas

The Learning Renaissance would like to wish all our followers a happy and peaceful Christmas holiday. We hope 2017 will be a fruitful year for personal growth and enlightenment.

December 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cooperative Schools: A Way Ahead?

  In England, the Tory government has, for the last six years, been pursuing a policy of the privatisation of education through its Academies programme. This took a policy of … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Politicians Who Made Thinking Redundant: Evidence-Based Decision-Making for Students

As a teacher of History, I spent a considerable part of my time in the classroom helping students to develop critical thinking skills which explored evidence to come to reasoned … Continue reading

December 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Finland to Abandon Subject Teaching by 2020

Great news from the often admired Finnish education system… they are abandoning traditional subject teaching. By 2020 their curriculum will be based on cross curricular learning projects. This is a … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Schools and the Suppression of Creativity

  It has been argued before that the fundamental structures of school, in echoing the practices of early industry are designed with efficiency rather than effectiveness in mind. Not surprisingly, … Continue reading

October 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

Another Government U-turn as return to ‘halcyon’ days proves an illusion!

As a former History teacher, I’ve done the calculations  and I think the Tory government is looking to recreate the year 1955 in its backward looking education policy. The fetish … Continue reading

October 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Education System

Little wonder that many schools operate a full pastoral system separate from their academic endeavours when the structure of the learning establishment shares such dubious antecedents…

October 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Grammar Schools – 1955 Revisited

  There seems a desire in current UK government education policy to return to some mythical era when all was right in the world. About the year 1955 to be … Continue reading

October 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

A Sad Tale of the Dismantling of State Education Accountability

In the UK the current government policy is to strip schools from the local accountability of the county councils and pass over control of schools to Academy Trusts. A similar … Continue reading

October 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

Managerial Leadership

There is one school of thought about educational leadership that suggests that the ‘product’ of schools is the same as that in any industrial production unit and that by manipulating … Continue reading

October 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Classroom Design and Learning Outcomes

  When I was involved in the Building Schools for the Future programme in England I was often disheartened at the engagement with Headteachers when their school had been selected … Continue reading

September 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Learning Design: Montessori and Other Approaches

  This is a think piece which simply shows three classrooms which reflect innovative educational philosophies from Montessori, Steiner and Reggio preschools. Can you formulate some understanding of the educational … Continue reading

September 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

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