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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Future Proof Your School and Re-Examining Success Tour 2020

Following the publication of Re-Examining Success in February 2020, I shall be embarking on a speaking and support tour.  The tour will encompass three related areas: Strategic briefings for senior … Continue reading

November 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

How to write an educational book: Future Proof Your School by David Hughes

I’m writing this, conscious that there are many teachers out there keen to write their own books on the improvement of learning in schools. Working with Julia and Di at … Continue reading

November 22, 2019 · 4 Comments

Never Underestimate Potential…

In researching for my new book, Re-Examining Success, I was forced to confront some unpleasant truths about my teaching career. Due to my personal circumstances,  I placed a disproportionate value … Continue reading

November 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Thinking School: Some Insights from Kulvarn Atwel

In the midst of crises in recruitment and retention and teacher workload there are always people prepared to be innovative in searching for new learning paradigms. My partner, Jane, brought … Continue reading

November 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School: Peer Review

Nothing is more valuable that a review from a fellow practitioner. I was delighted to read this vindication of Future Proof Your School today from Dr Morris Charlton, who praised … Continue reading

October 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School: Intelligence Report 1 – Cultural Log Jams to Sustainable Learning Improvement

This forms part one of a series of pieces exploring cultural log-jams and structural defects preventing sustainable improvements in learning and learning outcomes in schools. In my experience, there have … Continue reading

October 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

What’s Lost When We Rush Kids Through Childhood

A reductionist approach in many western nations has meant an undue emphasis on developing reading, writing and arithmetic as the foundations of success in learning. This in turn has led … Continue reading

September 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School by David Hughes

For those who have asked… Future Proof Your School is available to order at all good bookshops, it is available online at the usual outlets including Amazon and Amazon Marketplace. … Continue reading

September 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Roald Dahl Day Lesson – The Power of Words | BBC Teach

Join BBC Teach in celebrating Roald Dahl Day on Friday, 13th September 2019, with a very special interactive lesson and digital event aimed at primary school pupils aged 7 to … Continue reading

August 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Decade for Education to Change or Wither!

I’ve just completed the first draft of my book Re-examining Success. I started on the premise that Excellence is a very dangerous thing on which to base the functioning of … Continue reading

July 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Re-setting learning, some thoughts on redesigning a curriculum for all learners in the 21st century…

I am currently writing a book on remodelling education and I’m putting together a chapter on how you would re-build learning from a blank page. Current educational models tend to … Continue reading

June 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Re-Examining Success

Artwork for the second of my books for Critical Publishing now complete… now just have to complete the writing!

June 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

How to Build an Effective School Improvement Specification

I’m often surprised by how senior leadership teams in schools begin a new project directly at the implementation phase. Bang! No prior consultations, no marshalling of internal resources to put … Continue reading

May 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Qualities of Leadership

I’ve often been amazed at how ineffective leaders become when they are consciously trying to lead. They become preoccupied with the look, rather than the substance of things, about their … Continue reading

April 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School: Off and Running!

We managed to get the book published a week early and I’ve been astonished by early sales! I published a series of pre-launch Briefing Notes which explored the propositions outlined … Continue reading

April 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

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