The Learning Renaissance

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

Effective Learning: Attitudes and Behaviours

When we consider what makes the best work colleagues what do we consider? Certainly, there will be some context related body of knowledge that it will be vital to understand, … Continue reading

September 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

The 1000th Post Post

September 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Educational Leadership 101

  We have linked to the talks given by TED many times. As examples of the use of media to deliver profound messages in a simple format there are few … Continue reading

August 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Economics Explained and the Power of the Animate

Starting with some talks by Sir Ken Robinson on educational futures some years ago, the Royal Society of the Arts, Commerce and Manufactures (RSA) regularly produces talks in an Animate format. … Continue reading

August 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Understanding Student Behaviours

  This article from Dr Richard Curwin on Edutopia rings true to me. I remember  particularly disruptive child in an inner city secondary school who would drive me to distraction … Continue reading

August 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Importance of Meta Learning and the Foundations of a New Values Curriculum

The curriculum in public education is usually expressed as an accumulation of knowledge, usually defined at some point by those who fund the education service. In England, that has ossified … Continue reading

August 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

The 21st Century Citizen

Education does not stand in isolation in society. It performs a range of transformational actions, particularly in transmitting cultural values between generations. For this reason it is vital that any … Continue reading

August 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Working with Parents

  For many schools their relationship with parents is confined to the annual Parents’ Evening and a communication when things go wrong.  Many successful schools recognise the importance of extending … Continue reading

July 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Future Skills from the World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum should know something about the skills needed to power the global economy of the future. This presentation outlines what they consider to be the top ten … Continue reading

July 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Improving Student Attendance: Lateral Thinking and Management Information

Often the most useful strategies for improving school performance require some lateral thinking and a look beneath the surface of an issue. One of the most intractable problems all schools … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

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