The Learning Renaissance

What the Best Education Systems Are Doing Right

Finnish and Asian educational systems are often quoted as leading the OECD Educational Performance tables and models to aspire to emulate. Such talk is too simplistic as any understanding of … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Neuroscience should be taught to all teachers to help pupils learn | TES.com

An interesting academic study, recorded in the TES, recounting the need to make teachers more aware of the science of learning so that they can help promote better learning methodologies … Continue reading

October 23, 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

South African e-learning to reach excluded | BBC News

Digital learning is helping to meet the demand for better education in South Africa. Tablets, laptops and digital learning are increasingly being used to reach students with little or no … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Long-Term Impact for Humans in Space

I’ve had the pleasure, through ISSET of working with Mark and Scott Kelly. Scott’s year in space enabled direct comparisons to be made between him and his brother Mark in … Continue reading

February 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Schools cherry-picking pupils who apply mid-year, says report | BBC News

Vulnerable children can struggle to find a school place if they apply mid-year, with some schools “cherry-picking” pupils, according to the chief schools adjudicator for England. Some schools “unlawfully” interviewed … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Children of ‘just managing families left out by grammars’ | BBC News

Lack of access to grammar schools is not confined to the poorest children, those from “just managing” families are also left out, research suggests. “There is a strong indication that … Continue reading

December 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

A quarter of pupils ‘write only for school’ | BBC News

A quarter of eight- to 18-year-olds rarely or never write something that is not for school, a report says. Just one child in five told a survey for the National … Continue reading

November 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

School-leavers ‘lack essential workplace skills’ | BBC News

Most school-leavers do not have the basic skills needed for work, according to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. A survey by the business group has found … Continue reading

November 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Social division stays in online learning | BBC News

There are strong social divisions in how young people use digital technology, according to international research from the OECD. The economics think tank found that in many countries wealthy and … Continue reading

August 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Experience of Distance Learners… and Why So Many Drop Out

This is an interesting piece of research regarding the experience of distance learners in their first year. It puts forward some interesting pointers as to why it is so difficult … Continue reading

April 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Top employability skills shines light on learning experience

The World Economic Forum have cited these skills in this order as those critical to employability… there has been considerable shift over relatively few years. This is why we need … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Preschools turn children on to learning, says study | BBC News

Preschools help boost the academic careers of children who have fewer educational experiences at home, a study suggests. The effect lasts into secondary school with preschoolers from all backgrounds twice … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Many teenagers ‘unhappy by the time they leave school’ | BBC News

Many UK children have become less confident about succeeding in life by the time they leave school, a report says. The study by think-tank Demos says some pupils feel school … Continue reading

October 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Privately educated graduates ‘earn more’ than state school colleagues | BBC News

Privately educated UK graduates in high status jobs earn more than their state school counterparts, says a study. The report, by the Sutton Trust and UpReach, examined those in careers … Continue reading

August 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mixed results in study of disadvantaged pupils in academy chains | BBC News

Many academy chains in England are struggling to improve the results of disadvantaged pupils, a report says. The Sutton Trust study of 34 organisations which sponsor multiple academies says poor … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Gonski Report: an opportunity for a progressive education in Australia missed by the government

Thanks to our Australian correspondent, Phil Rooke, for bringing this report on a potential progressive pathway for education to our attention. Unfortunately, the government had other ideas, and decided on … Continue reading

June 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Smarten Up – It’s Time to Build Essential Skills (2015)

Originally posted on DataAngel:
Smarten Up – It’s Time to Build Essential Skills, a report by Janet Lane and T Scott Murray, was published this week by Canada West Foundation.…

June 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Six Fluency Areas for 21st Century Students | ISTE

This document from ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) features the six major fluencies (standards) students need to develop in the 21st century classroom. It mirrors research and development work elsewhere … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

Music Soothes the Troubled Child…

A recent study of the effect of classical music on children with autistic spectrum disorders… A new study has shown that playing classical music could help reduce stress for children … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

Why Storytelling?

This infographic explains the importance of storytelling and the use of public narrative. Quote by Marshall Ganz, taken from Storytelling & Social Change – A Strategy Guide (2013), by Paul … Continue reading

March 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Science ‘squeezed out of primary schools’ | BBC News

Science is being squeezed out of English primary schools, with a third not providing the recommended two hours of teaching a week, research suggests. The Confederation of British Industry study … Continue reading

March 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Clever Girls Lack Confidence in Science and Maths | BBC News

Girls still lack confidence in pursuing high-paid careers in science and technology, even when their school results are as good or better than boys, says an international study. The OECD … Continue reading

March 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Teachers ‘give higher marks to girls’ | BBC News

An OECD report on gender in education, across more than 60 countries, found that girls receive higher marks compared with boys of the same ability. Researchers suggest girls are better … Continue reading

March 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Well-Designed School Classrooms ‘boost academic success’ | BBC News

Researchers from Salford University said the layout, construction and decoration of classes had a significant impact on reading, writing and maths. Natural light, temperature, air quality and individualised classroom design … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Promoting Creativity in the Young

A recent report from Rhodes College in the US has suggested that your choice of toys might have an impact on the development of creativity in your child. I considered … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

STEAM not STEM, Or the Decisive Role of the Arts in Learning

Having done quite a bit to promote the STEM agenda (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) recently, I changed tack last week to support the role of the Arts in the … Continue reading

February 2, 2015 · 2 Comments