The Learning Renaissance

Dyslexia: A Positive Insight

It is so refreshing to see a positive take on issues related to dyslexia. For all the difficulties in handling social situations, and managing number and literacy, there are insights … Continue reading

July 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Teacher Recruitment and Retention

I often make a distinction between working in a company and being a teacher. In this case I don’t see a distinction… the principles of teacher retention revolve around these … Continue reading

July 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Ability, Motivation, Attitude

June 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Kindness

I’ve often wondered what would be the single most important quality I would want to impart to my students. I’ve come to the conclusion that it is probably kindness. It … Continue reading

June 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Dimensions of School Leadership

Thank To Andrew Howard for sharing this infographic regarding the dimensions of leadership required from a modern school leader. It rings true with my experience. In my new book Future … Continue reading

June 10, 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

The Limitations of Standardised Tests

This is why our examination systems are so flawed. They only present a one dimensional view of the student with only memory recall and the ability to sit examinations tested. … Continue reading

June 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Active Listening

May 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Arts – An Investment That Pays Dividends

There is a persistent myth in the education world that the Arts, broadly defined as creative arts and languages, is the icing on the education cake. The substance of the … Continue reading

May 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Coaching vs Training

I think that Continuous Professional Development for teachers is in as much of a state of malaise as the teacher in the classroom. The root cause in both circumstances is … Continue reading

May 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Desire to Learn

May 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Ultimate ADHD Toolkit for Parents and Teachers | ADDitude

This Executive Function Worksheet provides a simple outline of the primary executive functions and the learning issues associated with performing, or failing to perform them effectively. This is offered as … Continue reading

May 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Children’s Emotional Needs

May 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

The State of Education: A Discredited Industrial System

This isn’t a new cartoon of the current state of education. Sir Ken Robinson has used glorious animations to share the same point about the outmoded industrial antecedents of education … Continue reading

May 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

Masking Behaviours

Thanks to our friends at GoZen! for this timely insight into behaviours and what might be underlying them: 8 Ways A Child’s Anxiety Shows Up as Something Else | GoZen!

May 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Social Justice in Your School: Aim For Liberation

Where is the focus on social justice in your school? This question goes beyond the issue of Equal Opportunities as it addresses the cultural drivers of your school – the … Continue reading

April 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

40 Ways to Stay Creative | Layerform.com

Thank you to Layerform.com who seem to have nailed this topic for us. It works equally well for adults and young people. Source: 40 Ways to Stay Creative | Layerform Design … Continue reading

April 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Reluctant learners (students and teachers) and what you can do about them…

In any educational setting there will be learners who are not fully engaged in the learning process for a variety of reasons. If you have led an INSET session, you … Continue reading

April 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Future of Learning… As Seen From the Nineteenth Century!

I came across this woodcut from a nineteenth century French conception of the future classroom of the year 2000. I found it acutely depressing in its conception for a number … Continue reading

April 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: One World, One People

April 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: From the Heart

April 16, 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

How Finland’s Amazing Education System Works | Big Think

Finland’s education system works because its entire structure has been around several core principles. First and foremost, equal access to education is a constitutional right. Another important principle is that … Continue reading

April 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

The internet is the end of libraries? Not in Finland!

You might be forgiven for thinking that the Tory government subscribed to the view that Libraries were redundant given the ubiquitous nature of the internet. Finland begs to differ and … Continue reading

April 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

17 Teaching Principles of Effective Instruction | TeacherToolkit

Thanks to Ross Morrison McGill’s powerful Teacher Toolkit site for republishing this document which first appeared in the American Educator in 2012, and providing a commentary to go with it. … Continue reading

April 3, 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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