The Learning Renaissance

Beyond the Virus: Planning for a Better Learning Future in Your School

Now that we are well into the delivery of learning during the virus, it might be the opportune time to be thinking about and planning for the ‘new normal’ for … Continue reading

May 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

FAO: Headteachers/Principals: Call for informal research partner schools from secondary schools in the UK and internationally to evaluate the impact of Coronavirus on learning development in your school

I’m looking to do some research to explore the transformative impact of the Coronavirus on learning in secondary schools… or not. It forms the next element to my books on … Continue reading

May 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Breaking Out of the Comfort Zone

In these challenging times, this infographic might provide some pointers to the stages of embracing change…

April 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

The World Beyond the Coronavirus…

Wise words via my friend Pirjo Suhonen on education beyond Coronavirus… When the covid-19 pandemic passes and the world opens up again, we should redesign our schools using the best … Continue reading

April 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus: How do I home-school my children? | BBC News

  Schools across the UK would normally be opening for the summer term about now. However, they remain closed to all but a few pupils and there is no current … Continue reading

April 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus: The impossibility of home-schooling a nation | BBC News

Two weeks after the school shutdown, are parents and teachers lowering expectations? When UK schools closed their doors amid the coronavirus crisis a couple of weeks ago, a second – … Continue reading

April 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

How to Support Home Learning in Elementary Grades | Edutopia

A first and second grade teacher shares his home learning plan for his students and how he is engaging their families. Read the full article here: How to Support Home Learning … Continue reading

April 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

The bliss of a good book review: Future Proof Your School reviewed by UKEd Chat

I would have to declare myself well satisfied with this review of my book, Future Proof Your School which appeared in UKEd Chat. It is very gratifying to see that … Continue reading

April 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus and Online Learning in Schools: An Appeal for Case Studies

The onset of the Coronavirus pandemic has few positive aspects about it. However, it could be argued that, in a matter of weeks, school use of online learning has moved … Continue reading

March 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

School-based teacher-led educational research: how to get started

I’ve often been surprised at how reluctant senior leaders are in schools to engage in a little academic research to improve the provision in their schools and address the ‘in-house’ … Continue reading

March 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Three Pathways to Learning Transformation in Schools: Part 2: Change Management Solutions

  In the first article in this series I outlined the key issues preventing the effective development of schools as learning organisations in the UK. In this article we will … Continue reading

February 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Digitising Revision: The Basis of a Student Performance Breakthrough in Your School

This article is an abridged version of techniques expanded upon in a new book:  Re-Examining Success: Raising pupils’ examination performance at secondary school: systems, techniques, processes and partners by David … Continue reading

February 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Change Management: The Paucity of Project Planning Skills and Cultural Change in Schools

I’m always fascinated when principals tell me how busy they are. It seems that since some of them have become the CEO’s of a number of schools, their perceived workload … Continue reading

January 19, 2020 · Leave a 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

A damning view of a redundant inspection model: Mary Bousted on OFSTED

A damning condemnation of the role of Ofsted in creating the climate in which stuck schools proliferate. Whilst we have an inspection process which is quality control rather than quality … Continue reading

January 10, 2020 · 3 Comments

Supporting Teacher Well-Being and Mental Health | Teach Well Alliance

Steve Waters of the Teach Well Alliance gives you an accessible and workable document with which to address the issue of teacher well-being and mental health. This is all the … Continue reading

January 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Some Alarming Developments in England’s Initial Teacher Training

Just as a curriculum is only as good as the vision of its creators, so the quality of teaching is largely determined by the quality and vision of the training … Continue reading

January 6, 2020 · 2 Comments

Re-examining Success: Resetting School Culture for Continuous, Quality-Assured Improvement in Learning

Just over a month to go before Re-examining Success is published. It follows on from last year’s book entitled Future Proof Your School, and continues the theme of change management … Continue reading

January 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

What happens when you privatise your national schools estate and fail to put in adequate governance and accountability?

I’ve spoken before about the Tory government flagship educational policy of privatisation of the national schools estate through the mechanism of creating Academy chains to replace local authority control of … Continue reading

December 11, 2019 · 1 Comment

New Article on Future Proofing Your School in pDT Journal 21.1

In a rather bleak Christmas period, it was a treat yesterday to be contacted by Graham Handscomb, the editor of pDT (Professional Development Today), to say that my polemical article … Continue reading

December 10, 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: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

December 3, 2019 · 2 Comments

Future Proof Your School: Peer Review

Nothing is more valuable that a review from a fellow practitioner. I was delighted to read this vindication of Future Proof Your School today from Dr Morris Charlton, who praised … Continue reading

October 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School: Intelligence Report 1 – Cultural Log Jams to Sustainable Learning Improvement

This forms part one of a series of pieces exploring cultural log-jams and structural defects preventing sustainable improvements in learning and learning outcomes in schools. In my experience, there have … Continue reading

October 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Join the Dance!

August 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

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