The Learning Renaissance

Future Proof Your School: Intelligence Report 2: Understanding School Culture and Building it Into Your Improvement Strategy

In its simplest form, culture can be defined as ‘the way we do things round here’. It is a foolish school leader who fails to factor school culture into improvement … Continue reading

February 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

Beyond STEM…Creativity

The headlong rush to promote STEM activities as the foundation of learning has had a detrimental effect on other areas of the curriculum, not least creativity. I’m not saying there … Continue reading

February 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Booker T Washington on Humanity

March 10, 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

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

Thought For The Day: Attitude of Mind – Nelson Mandela

January 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Wealth Inequality and Social Injustice: A Message for Christmas

Until such wealth inequalities are addressed this county will not make the progress it desires. We cannot use the blunt mechanism of wealth to determine opportunity. We cannot afford to waste … Continue reading

December 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

What the PISA tables don’t tell us, what the politicians don’t understand, and what good teachers know

The PISA tables reviewing the year 2018 have just been published. They present a ranking of the effectiveness of the respective education systems of countries in the areas of reading, … Continue reading

December 9, 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-designing Your Curriculum For the 21st Century

I’m a great believer in the absolute need to re-design the curriculum away from a content based structure and towards a reflection of the society young people need to survive … Continue reading

March 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School: Cultural knowledge, in-house experience and project planning methodologies | Briefing Notes #2

Every learning organisation has a culture. This forms an underlying set of values and ways of doing things which determines how practice is maintained, and changes resisted or embraced. This … Continue reading

February 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Value of Encouragement

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December 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Emotions and Reflection: Changing People’s Minds

Having people, be they students or teachers, reflect on their thinking and be prepared to consider other perspectives is a difficult process. It may feel impossible when you consider the … Continue reading

November 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Culture and Philosophy of Learning Development

One of the key determinants of the success of formal learning systems is the culture and philosophy that drives the organisation. The culture should be reflected in the mission statement, … Continue reading

July 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

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