The Learning Renaissance

Reversal: A New Thinking Tool for Problem-Solving and Designing Solutions

I’m always keen to promote new techniques in thinking skills, so this presentation put up by David Hall, Founder of the Ideas Centre, really rang my bell as a useful … Continue reading

March 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Reading in a time of crisis…

Amidst a week of global uncertainty, one positive note for me … both my education based books are in the best sellers list: Future Proof Your School on Amazon, particularly … Continue reading

March 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Prompting Improvements

Sound advice for young people… concentrate on the HOW and not the WHAT of learning.

March 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

School-based teacher-led educational research: how to get started

I’ve often been surprised at how reluctant senior leaders are in schools to engage in a little academic research to improve the provision in their schools and address the ‘in-house’ … Continue reading

March 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

International Learning Collaborations: What Can Be Achieved?

I’m generally a little sceptical of the potential of information and educational technologies to bring about decisive improvements in learning. My position has been forged over many years working with … Continue reading

March 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Neuroscience Game-Changer: Connectivity Issues and Learning Difficulties

  I’ve spoken before about the disconnect between neuroscience research, with its complexity and nuance, and practical guidance for educators. A new report on the source of learning difficulties has … Continue reading

March 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Recognising the Obvious in Reading!

When the curriculum is one dominated by knowledge transmission, an inordinate stress is placed on the literacy levels generally and the reading level in particular of pupils. This is so … Continue reading

March 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Finnish Education Explained by Pirjo Suhonen

Our friend, Pirjo Suhonen, outlines the key features of Finnish education which make it both distinctive and effective:  

February 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

How Nature Supports Children’s Learning

Perhaps the disconnect between nature and young people has revealed something that we all intrinsically know: that young people learn and thrive in nature. According to a world-first review by … Continue reading

February 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Common Courtesy… Or Supporting a Neurodiverse Person?

Some more clear thinking from Professor Amanda Kirby on the issue of supporting neurodiverse people in your school or company. Nothing revolutionary here, simple a rational and consistent approach to … Continue reading

February 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Which Countries Have the Smartest Education Systems, and in Which Direction Are They Headed?

Although the article by the World Economic Forum linked at the end of this piece is entitled ‘Which countries have the smartest kids?’ it shows nothing of the kind. The … Continue reading

February 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Re-purposing Learning for Examinations

As teachers, we tend to be more about the WHAT rather than the HOW of learning. No point in a child’s learning journey is more critical to their future than … Continue reading

February 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

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. In this article we will … 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: Re-Examining Success by David Hughes

This is the new flyer to accompany my recently-released book: a systematic and learner-friendly way of digitising revision. There is a whole section on digitising revision and also making revision … 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

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