The Learning Renaissance

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

A Template for Neurodiversity

Professor Amanda Kirby again makes the complex understandable in her chart of the common neuro-diverse conditions and how they impinge on each other. I consider reflection on this chart would … Continue reading

February 14, 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

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

A Diagram of Student Engagement Patterns from Ruby Jo Walker et al

I am indebted to Daniel Sobel for bringing this infographic to my attention. It was compiled by Ruby Jo Walker and associates and seeks to describe the range of levels … Continue reading

January 31, 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

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 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

Teacher Wellbeing Index 2019 | Education Support

Work-related stress in the teaching profession has increased for the third consecutive year, with sharp rises in tearfulness, difficulty sleeping and irritability amongst education professionals across the UK according to … Continue reading

January 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Supporting Teacher Well-Being and Mental Health | Teach Well Alliance

Steve Waters of the Teach Well Alliance gives you an accessible and workable document with which to address the issue of teacher well-being and mental health. This is all the … Continue reading

January 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

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

Own It – A place to help you boss your life online | BBC

The BBC have launched a specific area of their website featuring questions, answers and tools to help young people make the most of their time online. The Own It app … Continue reading

January 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Numbers and the tricks they play | BBC Academy

Numbers can be used to tell all sorts of stories. They can help show the scale of a particular problem or issue, illustrating whether it’s big or small. When you’re … Continue reading

December 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Retreat into Managerialism – Data in Schools

An interesting article by Rebecca Allen about the use, misuse and misinterpretation of data in schools: When the going gets tough, schools make data | FFT Education Datalab Download the … Continue reading

December 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Children with Sensory Disorders – The Signs Are There If We Look Closely

Children with sensory disorders exhibit consistent patterns of behaviours. As teachers we may not observe the pattern or join the dots of the behaviour into a pattern. Thanks again to … Continue reading

December 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

New Article on Future Proofing Your School in pDT Journal 21.1

In a rather bleak Christmas period, it was a treat yesterday to be contacted by Graham Handscomb, the editor of pDT (Professional Development Today), to say that my polemical article … Continue reading

December 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Emotional Intelligence: Towards an Operational Definition For Learning

Many thanks to Daniel Sobel for bringing this table based on work by Daniel Goleman back to my attention. I first read it when completing the National Professional Qualification for … Continue reading

December 6, 2019 · 1 Comment

UK PISA Results: Not Much Change, But Some Worrying Developments

This week’s release of the international comparative data on educational performance (PISA) revealed a marginal improvement in performance of UK schools in Maths, but otherwise no breakthroughs in teaching and … Continue reading

December 4, 2019 · 1 Comment

What to buy the hard pressed educationalist in your life for Christmas… new insights in learning and teaching!

Wherever you live, the role of teacher and educationalist is never easy and seemingly getting harder. Give the gift of fresh insights to your teacher or educationalist this year, so … Continue reading

November 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

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