The Learning Renaissance

An Open Invitation to Schools to Add the Learning Renaissance to their Online CPD library

The Learning Renaissance grew out of research I was already doing on the future of learning. Seeing as I had already done the research I was wondering how to capture … Continue reading

April 24, 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

Future Proof Your School now available to pre-order!

You can obtain copies of the new book on culture, school improvement and change management, Future Proof Your School at: Future Proof your School on Amazon Additionally, you can look … Continue reading

March 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

An Open Invitation from the Learning Renaissance to Join Our International Reflective Learning Community Resource

If you represent a school or other learning establishment, you are very welcome to include a link to the Learning Renaissance on your online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) library. There … Continue reading

January 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Building Schools for the Future in Finland

Building Schools for the Future was a British Labour government initiative to accelerate innovation and rebuild the learning as well as the building architecture of British schools. It was a … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

The 21st Century Classroom – Some Starters

One of the most depressing aspects of working in the UK government’s Building Schools of the Future programme was the paucity of vision presented by many Headteachers  in the initial … Continue reading

September 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Needs-Based Learning, by John D’Souza

John D’Souza certainly seems to have struck a chord with his series of provocative articles on the potential of different approaches to learning: Needs-Based Learning

December 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

Data-Based Learning

Another in the series by John D’Souza on the components of twenty first century learning… Data based decision making or data-driven decision making refers to educator’s on-going process of collecting … Continue reading

December 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Classroom Design and Learning Outcomes

  When I was involved in the Building Schools for the Future programme in England I was often disheartened at the engagement with Headteachers when their school had been selected … Continue reading

September 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Power of “I Don’t Know”

  A major shortcoming of the vision of the teacher as subject expert in a system of knowledge transmission is the expectation that the teacher will always know the answer … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

Learning Design: Montessori and Other Approaches

  This is a think piece which simply shows three classrooms which reflect innovative educational philosophies from Montessori, Steiner and Reggio preschools. Can you formulate some understanding of the educational … Continue reading

September 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Strategies to Develop Student Self-Motivation

A great article by David Palank which explores the psychology of gearing up a classroom to become self-motivating. This goes beyond reward and sanction to look at the psychological behaviours … Continue reading

September 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Effective Learning: Attitudes and Behaviours

When we consider what makes the best work colleagues what do we consider? Certainly, there will be some context related body of knowledge that it will be vital to understand, … Continue reading

September 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Managing the Arrival of a New Principal

The arrival of a new principal at your school is a significant moment for both the principal and the staff. It may herald fast and profound cultural change and, depending … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Educational Leadership 101

  We have linked to the talks given by TED many times. As examples of the use of media to deliver profound messages in a simple format there are few … Continue reading

August 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Intros and Outros for the Classroom

Setting the tone and expectation for learning in the classroom will determine the success that students experience in the lesson. Such techniques establish routines and expectations for learning. Rebecca Alber outlines … Continue reading

August 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Old and New Learning – Some Key Dimensions

  Key features of the school of the 21st century outlined … How close does learning in your school match the features on the right… and what are you doing to … Continue reading

August 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Building Student Cognitive Flexibility

Judy Willis overlooks a different way for teachers to operate in the classroom in which student learning development and critical thinking play the key role: Building Students’ Cognitive Flexibility | … Continue reading

August 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Economics Explained and the Power of the Animate

Starting with some talks by Sir Ken Robinson on educational futures some years ago, the Royal Society of the Arts, Commerce and Manufactures (RSA) regularly produces talks in an Animate format. … Continue reading

August 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Schools Reinvented, or Rather Learning Reinvented

An interesting presentation from School House about reinventing schools for the 21st century. Amazing how often people say “changing schools” when what they really mean is “changing learning”…

August 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

As a Teacher You Are Never Too Old to Learn

When you have been teaching for a number of years, the cyclical nature of the academic year and the constant administrative demands can make for teaching on automatic pilot. This … Continue reading

August 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Importance of Meta Learning and the Foundations of a New Values Curriculum

The curriculum in public education is usually expressed as an accumulation of knowledge, usually defined at some point by those who fund the education service. In England, that has ossified … Continue reading

August 5, 2016 · Leave a 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

Future Skills from the World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum should know something about the skills needed to power the global economy of the future. This presentation outlines what they consider to be the top ten … Continue reading

July 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Learning by Doing – The Essence of Project-Based Learning

Learning by doing has always been seen as a more effective learning methodology than rote learning or teacher transmission. Too often schools marginalise this type of learning because of perceived … Continue reading

July 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Deep Learning Explained by Andrew Ng

  A really useful overview of Deep Learning from Andrew Ng from Baidu Research:  

June 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Benefits of Outdoor Education

A constant criticism of classroom-based learning is that it divorces reality from the experience of learning. Learning is a second-hand experience – moderated by the teacher of the content of … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 · Leave a comment
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