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Why Standardised Education Systems Are Failing or Why it’s Essential to Embrace Creativity in Education | Ac-Ed

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For over 30 years or more the concept of standards and testing have characterised the mechanism by which policy has sought to improve education outcomes. There…

April 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

If You Can’t Reach Them You Can’t Teach Them – Building Effective Learning Relationships by Kevin Hewitson | Critical Publishing

So good to see friend and colleague Kev Hewitson’s book finally in print. The ideas behind the book have been over twenty years in the making and bring his extensive … Continue reading

March 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Resolutions for 2021: Mine’s about relationships – what’s yours? | Ac-Ed

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This time of year, as one closes and another is on the horizon, we start to look forward as well as back. Part of this process…

December 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Does it matter which path? | Ac-Ed

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Image acknolwedgement https://www.prweb.com In teaching and learning terms that is. Asking somebody to do something or giving instructions to be followed is an everyday thing but…

November 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Designing a school curriculum | Ac-Ed

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The school curriculum has many masters, and whilst we think in subjects, few options. We need to rethink our approach and it starts with developing a…

July 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Closing the Achievement Net: Talk notes and slides | Ac-Ed

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Downloadable file After my talk at the 2019 Festival of Education I have prepared a downloadable file covering the key aspects of the session. Like all…

July 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

What I learnt at the 10th Festival of Education | Ac-Ed

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This was my 5th time at the festival but this year I spoke at the festival about the importance of learning relationships and our learning needs…

June 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Are Some School Leaders Too Compliant? | Innovate My School

You may not think education leadership is any different to any other form of leadership, but I believe it is. Yes there are similarities, but the process of becoming a leader and … Continue reading

May 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Teacher Wellbeing | Ac-Ed

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Are you hiding how you feel? I want to add to the discussion about teacher wellbeing, to explore the signs and symptoms and then offer some…

April 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Work-Life Balance | Ac-Ed

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I have written this article as a way of looking at the teacher retention and recruitment issues we are currently facing in the profession. A key…

March 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

What makes a ‘toxic’ environment? Part 3 | Ac-Ed

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This is part 3 of exploring and dealing with a toxic learning environment where we look at teacher retention.  Part two is here I have mentioned that…

September 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

What makes a ‘toxic’ environment? Part 2 | Ac-Ed

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This is part 2 of exploring and dealing with a toxic learning environment. Part one is here It is easier to run away than stay and…

August 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

What makes a ‘toxic’ environment? Part 1 | Ac-Ed

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I have written this article to address the debate around teachers leaving teaching and the stress levels of pupils presently being experienced and reported. It is…

August 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Why I miss teaching | Ac-Ed

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“It’s better than sliced bread” was my reply in September 1977 when my dad asked me about my first teaching job. I was at the ‘chalk…

May 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Lesson Planning 101 | Ac-Ed

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? It may appear simple to say that there has to be a beginning, middle and end but is important that we do not miss any…

April 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

WHY? | Ac-Ed

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Why dedicate yourself to introducing and promoting a way of thinking about, and going about, teaching and learning? I was asked this question and have been…

April 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Learning to say “No” | Ac-Ed

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Teachers, on the whole, are a pretty compliant bunch. Ask them to do anything and they will often find a way to add it to their…

April 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Leadership Posters | Ac-Ed

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Leadership Posters ? ? ? The article featured in Innovate my school about my reflections and insights into school leadership “’Are some school leaders too compliant?”…

January 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

LQ and a Learning Mindset

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Part 1 Our beliefs, values and experience amongst other things impact how successful we are when we undertake tasks. How we behave when involved in activities…

November 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Teacher: Are they the only redeeming feature of the educational environment in our schools? | Ac-Ed

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It is fair to say not all learners thrive in the educational environment of the school. Do we though, instead of investigating and remedying this situation,…

October 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Don’t you just hate “Target Grades”

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Well perhaps not “hate” but they do concern me for a number of reasons. It won’t be long before the UK starts school again but I…

August 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Differentiation: Education For All Abilities | @TeacherToolkit

  How do you differentiate a lesson where you have such a wide range of abilities? Stretching and challenging every ability is possible and differentiation is the key to unlocking … Continue reading

March 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why Creativity?

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Is creativity important, and specifically is it so in teaching and learning? My short answer,  “Yes”. I would argue that without creativity there is the danger…

February 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why Learning Intelligence? By Kevin Hewitson | The Staffroom

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle”    George Orwell Sometimes the obvious is on our doorstep, often ignored and rarely noticed.  So it … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Trouble with Symptoms in Education Terms

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In education it is more often than not that we treat the symptom and ignore the underlying cause.  In life we will often hide the true cause…

October 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Scaffolding Learning – a different perspective?

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As teachers we break a subject down into components or elements of knowledge and understanding, into learning steps if you like. We then find the “best”…

October 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Using Learning Intelligence* to leverage learning

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What does being a better learner mean? If I asked you the same in terms of football, or any other sport you would more than likely…

October 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

The importance of a positive teacher-student relationship: it can boost good behavior in teens for up to 4 years | ace-d

Originally posted on From experience to meaning…: We’ve known for a long time that a positive relationship between teachers and students is important for learning. In the work of John … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

An Even Better Way | Ac-Ed

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Schools are pushing students at this time of year to make or exceed their target grades. A great deal goes on both during school, after school…

April 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Leadership Reflections

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I have been led by others and I have led others. I have studied leadership and I have experienced good and poor leadership. I have worked…

April 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

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