The Learning Renaissance

Differences Between Leadership and Management in Schools

I speak often about the quality of leadership in schools. Often I’m highlighting an imbalance between the leadership and the management roles of the headteacher. There has been a shift … Continue reading

July 8, 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

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

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

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

Explaining ADHD to Teachers | ADDitude

For teachers with a poor grasp of ADHD, they tend to deal with the outward behavioural manifestations as ‘behavioural issues’ without understanding, or coming to grips with, the underlying triggers … Continue reading

May 17, 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: Aristotle on Human Action

May 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Children’s Emotional Needs

May 7, 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

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

Thought For The Day: Kindness

April 11, 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

More Mistakes…

I’ve always been of the opinion that we learn so much more from our mistakes tan we do from our successes. In part that is why I’ve made so many … Continue reading

April 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Tolerance

March 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Todd Finlay at Edutopia gives some great advice about checking for understanding. Such checks form a much better format for assessing learning than traditional marking as it gives the child … Continue reading

March 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Importance of Positivity

March 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School book launched!

Future Proof Your School implores all teachers and leaders to re-focus, work collectively and have a clear and shared vision of the excellence we want to achieve. We all need … Continue reading

March 25, 2019 · Leave a comment
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