The Learning Renaissance

Building Schools for the Future in Finland

Building Schools for the Future was a British Labour government initiative to accelerate innovation and rebuild the learning as well as the building architecture of British schools. It was a … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design | Edutopia

These five steps are essential in creating a 21st-century classroom: establishing zones, ensuring resource accessibility, encouraging mobility, igniting inspiration, and fostering respect. Source: Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design | Edutopia

October 16, 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

The Psychology of Leadership: Mental Shifts

This is a useful and informative article from Benjamin P Hardy about mental shifts coming from a background of Emotional Intelligence. His starting point is an observation of the physicist … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Empowering Learning Through Experience

The search for new curriculum approaches, should in many cases, be promoted as part of a desire to ensure that the curriculum offered in schools is not ossified in granules … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Home schooling rises – one aspect of crisis in education

There has always been an element of parents who, for one reason or the other, reject the offering of schools as being inappropriate for their child. The reasons to reject … Continue reading

October 2, 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

Flipping Your Classroom

Flipped classrooms reverse the usual function of the classroom as a learning space. Instead of the pace and direction of learning being teacher led, the learners begin to manage their … Continue reading

September 27, 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

The Importance of Relationships in Learning

The quality of the relationships you have with students, and not your subject knowledge will determine the impact you can have on student learning argues Rebecca Alger. Read more: Relationships … Continue reading

September 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

The 21st Century Classroom – Some Starters

One of the most depressing aspects of working in the UK government’s Building Schools of the Future programme was the paucity of vision presented by many Headteachers  in the initial … Continue reading

September 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Technology in Education – Digital Literacy and Cultural Illiteracy

Joe Nutt makes the parallel with the Emperor’s new clothes in his assessment of the impact on learning of technology in schools. As one who has been involved in the … Continue reading

September 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Graham Brown-Martin on what is driving the Department for Education

A timely article on the state of the UK Department for Education, its policies and practices, from Graham Brown-Martin of The Revolution… The government position on education since Michael Gove, … Continue reading

September 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Getting Students Writing

An excellent report from John MacCarthy on igniting the passions of students through creative writing assignments… A teacher taught a lesson on telling a Six-Word Story. There are websites that … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Social and Emotional Learning for Adults

Elena Aguilar, Transformational Leadership Coach from Oakland, California, suggests lessons which can be taken up by an entire staff or by an individual and are intended to build emotional awareness, self-management, social … Continue reading

August 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Don’t you just hate “Target Grades”

Originally posted on ace-d:
Well perhaps not “hate” but they do concern me for a number of reasons. It won’t be long before the UK starts school again but I…

August 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Pedagogy of Poverty by Martin Haberman

Much gratuitous comment is generated regarding the ability of urban students to learn successfully. It has become something of a political football with the right believing they only have to … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Helping Students Develop Their Values… and Your School Ethos

Being proactive and asking students to record their own values is a useful exercise in developing a philosophical understanding of what motivates and impassions people. building an ethos based on … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Dumbing Down the Profession… Headteachers in their Twenties!

One element of the transfer of accountability from local educational authorities to the Multi Academy Trusts has been the appointment of younger and younger heads. There is certainly a recruitment … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Madness of Standardisation in Learning

In contrast to a recent post regarding project based learning, here is an article from the Guardian exploring what teachers and students are enduring in the standardised testing regime currently in … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

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

How to Design a School That Prioritizes Kindness and Caring | MindShift

  It says much about the state of our society when you need to start explicitly trying to build kindness into your school’s DNA. How far has capitalism taken us … Continue reading

August 2, 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

Artificial Intelligence – Some Things to Know

An article by Ray Williams regarding Artificial Intelligence and the impact it will have on our lives in the near future… We are on the verge of a technological revolution … Continue reading

July 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

10 charts that show the effect of tuition fees | BBC News

University tuition fees in England have become a political battleground – with renewed calls that they should be scrapped.When they were increased a few years ago to £9,000 they became … Continue reading

July 22, 2017 · Leave a comment