The Learning Renaissance

A Different View of the Purpose of Learning: New Zealand – Wellbeing as a Curriculum Foundation

Too often questions about the purpose and direction of learning are confounded by existing building blocks. The most resistant to change being the curriculum content that constrains the scope for … Continue reading

July 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

Re-Examining Success: A time to review the fundamentals of British education

There seems increasing disillusionment in the UK regarding the purposes and practices of education and increasing numbers of teacher are looking towards a fundamental re-think of the whole education system. … Continue reading

June 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Philosophy for Children – Enhancing Cognitive Skills

There have long been advocates of Philosophy for Children (P4C) who have promoted the idea that dealing with the elements of thinking in a rational and systematic way would promote … Continue reading

June 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

Boosting Executive Function in Teenagers

The teenage years bring a certain amount of hormonal mayhem to young people at the very time that they are required to exercise more responsibility for organising their lives. The … Continue reading

May 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

In Search of Future Learning…

This is where UK school education currently resides… in a stale curriculum based on increasingly redundant knowledge. Taught in cohorts of 30+ to a strict regimen of bells in a … Continue reading

April 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Flipped Classroom: What is it and How Do You Create it?

The flipped classroom is a key concept in the development of more imaginative learning strategies. But what is it and what are the educational considerations underpinning? In essence, the flipped … Continue reading

December 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Towards a New Curriculum… Challenging Hierarchies of Subject

A major misalignment between the curriculum on offer and the curriculum required to support the development of 21st-century learners is the assumed hierarchy of subjects. Where the curriculum is expressed … Continue reading

October 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Examination Revision: End of Learning Event, or Development Process?

You may think this is an inopportune time to be talking about examination revision, but that depends whether you view it as an end of learning event or a development … Continue reading

October 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Legacy of Sir Ken Robinson: the Challenge and Opportunities of a New Curriculum and Assessment Model

The sad death of Sir Ken Robinson brings the end to the good-natured and robust thinking about how the future of education might be built. Sir Ken not only defined … Continue reading

August 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Beyond Coronavirus: Templates for sustainable improvement in learning for schools

As the summer term comes to an end in British schools, thoughts turn to the new academic year in September. The disruption brought by the Coronavirus has been fundamental and … Continue reading

July 24, 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

Emotional Intelligence: Towards an Operational Definition For Learning

Many thanks to Daniel Sobel for bringing this table based on work by Daniel Goleman back to my attention. I first read it when completing the National Professional Qualification for … Continue reading

December 6, 2019 · 1 Comment

Edutopia and the George Lucas Education Foundation

One of our favourite go-to sites to catch up with innovative thinking is the George Lucas Foundation’s Edutopia. As someone who could conceive the Star Wars universe, it was no … Continue reading

November 22, 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

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

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

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

School Culture Development: A Primer For All Teachers Serious About Developing Excellence

One of the greatest challenges when writing Future Proof Your School was making issues which are commonly seen as the preserve only of senior leaders, accessible to all teachers. The … Continue reading

March 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School: The starting point for initiating cultural change in school | Briefing Notes #3

The initial question is a simple one and also one that every school, regardless of context, faces. How do you initiate a cultural change in your school? Within the confines … Continue reading

February 25, 2019 · 1 Comment

Future Learning Models – An End to Curriculum!

Seymour Papert was seeing it clearly two decades ago. The pace of change in knowledge is so fast that it is meaningless to build a curriculum on a foundation of … Continue reading

February 11, 2019 · 2 Comments

Building Future Learning Models

Thanks to Innovative Global Education for this template to help develop new and challenging templates for learning units. When teachers work together to develop new modules, and even better, collaborate … Continue reading

October 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

How Teachers Make a Difference…

Some more thoughts on how teachers can be systematic in their quest to make a difference in the lives of young people… once again, there is no mention of content … Continue reading

August 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Metacognition in Context: How Learners Put Themselves in the Learning

Two students do not approach the same problem from the same direction. Their approach is determined by their metacognitive sense of identity as a learner. To be effective their learning … Continue reading

May 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Why a content-based curriculum won’t support 21st century learners

Information is growing exponentially so the idea that to be considered educated is to have accessed an increasingly small, irrelevant and outdated set of information is perhaps the greatest error … Continue reading

March 12, 2018 · 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

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

A Compendium of Skills Needed by 21st Century Learners

This is a neat summary by Bradley Kemp of the skills base which a 21st century learner will need to deploy. The question is: Are schools preparing students to develop … Continue reading

April 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Skills-Based Learning for the 21st Century

An interesting infographic outlining the skills required of the 21st Century learner. Knowledge is no longer enough – the ability to interpret and assemble knowledge to present information and work … Continue reading

June 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

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