The Learning Renaissance

Embracing Failure: Building a Growth Mindset Through the Arts

We can be sure that in the course of their time in school, every student will experience failure. It is, after all, a natural and quite acute element of the … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Organisation Culture and Performance Graphic

I’m often amazed when entering schools and other organisations as too how little they question themselves about core values which define their culture. Often they are too busy generating, managing … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice

When first appointed to the leadership team of an inner city school, I was struck by the abrasiveness of relationships and recourse to abuse and violence amongst the students. Too … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Can You Teach Creativity? Some Thoughts from Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson has spoken at length about creativity and this is his latest digest of thoughts on the issue of whether it can be taught…

October 6, 2017 · 3 Comments

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

Maps: The theatre of the empire of Great Britaine | University of Cambridge

One of five known sets of proof maps prepared for John Speed’s ‘The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine’, which was published in 1611/12. The maps were printed from … Continue reading

September 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Building a School Around Common Values

I’ve used cartoonists to help capture ideas in the past and the use of animation techniques is well established with organisations like the Royal Society for the Arts. It provides … Continue reading

September 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Theory of Knowledge Newsletter – Highly Recommended!

Although the movement of state controlled education systems tends towards an overwhelming preoccupation with content over process in learning, there are some brighter and more enlightened beacons in this mire … Continue reading

September 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Grace Kelly Ladybird Trust

Not my usual educational post today, although this is an appeal for greater education into a particular field of research. Grace Kelly, was a four year old who lost her … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

TED Talks: Every Kid Needs a Champion | Rita Pierson

An inspirational TEDTalk by Rita Pierson on inspiring learners… Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Nuances of Leadership

Leadership is often talked about in too abstract, or too concrete terms. This infographic is useful in exploring leadership in levels and looking at the nuanced relationship with the led… … Continue reading

September 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Planning Cooperative Lessons Using Strategies

A really useful infographic from Edtech exploring how to construct co-operative learning lessons… Source: 10 Top Cooperative Learning Strategies (and some tech tools that could come in handy) | Edtech4beginners.com

September 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Graham Brown-Martin on the Uberfication of Teaching

There was a time when education was regarded as a public good – you could never have too much of it and there was a moral, economic and political justification … Continue reading

August 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Managing Transition – A Useful Resource

Technology at its best in the support of learners. Thank you for sharing, PSW Education and Leadership.

August 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Transactional Analysis and Engendering Mutual Respect

Rita Pierson gives a masterclass here in a bad day in the class and how to use transactional analysis to generate a culture of better relationships built around success. I … Continue reading

August 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Social and Emotional Skills defined by Anya Kamenetz

This infographic and article provides a solid foundation for exploring social and emotional learning. Source: What Do We Mean When We Say ‘Social And Emotional Skills’? | MindShift | KQED … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

TED Talks: Shukla Bose on teaching one child at a time

A seminal TED Talk by Shukla Bose regarding respecting individuality and rejecting production line based learning. Shukla Bose: Teaching one child at a time | TED Talk | TED.com

August 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

TED Talks: Sugata Mitra and the Hole in the Wall Project

Sugata’s Hole in the Wall Project is a famous piece of field research in education. In some of the poorest regions of India, he placed the latest computers into walls. … Continue reading

August 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

TED Talks: Ken Robinson on Schools Killing Creativity

In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning – creating conditions where … Continue reading

July 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Future First – an alumni community for every state school and college

Former students can have a transformative effect on the lives of young people at their old schools and colleges. Future First aims to create a national culture of alumni engagement so that … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Young Enterprise: Volunteering

The excitement and satisfaction of mentoring, of transforming attitudes, and of helping young people open their eyes to the world of enterprise keeps many of our volunteers coming back year … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Every Child Needs a Mentor (ECNAM)

Mentoring provides a different paradigm for learning that stresses partnership and empowerment for the student in the relationship with the teacher/mentor.  Mentor Herman Stewart posted this case study from his … Continue reading

July 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Listening and Speaking – A Useful Infographic

Serpil Tuti-Sarı presented this useful infographic from plantlovegrow.com relating listening to speaking. It puts me in mind of the old saying, “Engage your brain before engaging your mouth!”

July 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Why Good Schools Are Happy Places | HuffPost

Consider all that occurs in the short span of ten minutes at the start of each day at my son’s school. Students participate in a community that values play, song, … Continue reading

July 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

Learning Resources | The Franklin Institute Science Museum

The Franklin Institute’s huge collection of science lessons, experiments, activities, and interesting facts, all on the web to share with teachers! View the full collection here: Learning Resources | The … Continue reading

July 7, 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