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Twilight of the Libraries: What Gets Lost When Books Go Off-Site and Online | The Walrus

Libraries can’t escape the push for digitization, but we still need actual books on shelves. It is now a commonplace in the library literature that “many libraries are undertaking massive … Continue reading

August 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

Testing 3, 2, 1: Michael Lawrence Calls Out Standardised Education Practice

Like myself, my colleague Michael Lawrence is very taken with the Finnish education system and the reflection and professional thought that has gone into its creation. The welfare and development … Continue reading

July 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

If you do one thing to end this school year successfully, watch this seminar.

It has been a long and difficult academic year bringing disruption and challenges which have, between them, thwarted the scope and pace of school development planning. End the year on … Continue reading

July 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Critical Mass: Forces for Change in Education Worldwide

I have been much heartened over the previous months by conversations I have had with educators worldwide who are rejecting the premise of current educational models. Increasingly they are putting … Continue reading

July 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

The International Teacher Recruitment and Retainment Crisis

There has always been a ‘churn’ rate in teachers in school… a rate at which teachers entered and left the profession, many after the first few years of teaching. When … Continue reading

June 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Michael Rosen Rejects Data-led Learning

You know your curriculum is in trouble when even poets are taking up pens against it… Here poet and author Michael Rosen deplores the direction of the reductionist school curriculum.  … Continue reading

June 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

I Did. You Can: The Phil Crompton Interviews

I was both flattered and inspired to be asked by my old friend, Phil Crompton to take part in his series of interviews with people he considered to be ‘movers … Continue reading

June 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Building the Curriculum of the Future: Can you help? An Appeal to Education Leaders Worldwide

Noting the general malaise in education reported in the Western world I’m keen to explore solutions. In the past, the standard response to widespread teacher dissatisfaction has been a pay … Continue reading

June 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

I Did. You Can. A Podcast with Phil Crompton

I had always expected to have a linear career as an educational professional aspiring to lead my own school, which I did. However, forces beyond my control then took over … Continue reading

May 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Sir Ken Robinson on Creative Leadership

Is is not data richness but relationship richness that defines an effective school. We forget this at our peril. It takes vision to give the data detritus the time it … Continue reading

May 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Leader You Most Admired and Should Aspire to Emulate

I imagine we will all recognise the qualities of great leaders in this infographic. I find many of these qualities apply not to the brash and narcissistic examples of leadership … Continue reading

April 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Shape of Disability

April 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Libraries and Literacy

April 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline

I found this infographic chilling in the starkness with which it presents a common picture that readers in the US and the UK would recognise. Whilst the education system is … Continue reading

April 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Sir Ken Robinson’s Legacy Continues

Probably the most influential educator of recent generations, Sir Ken Robinson inspired many with his wise words delivered with humour and insight. Do Schools Kill Creativity is still the most-watched … Continue reading

April 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

Smacking in Wales Becomes Illegal | BBC News

Smacking children has recently been made illegal in Wales. I’m very pleased to hear this, although it might take a generation for the culture to catch up with the legislation. … Continue reading

April 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

Secrets of Successful Schools No One Told You | Onne Blog

Source: Secrets of Successful Schools No One Told You | Onne Blog

April 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Humanity

This is what happens when inhumanity is undertaken on an industrial scale for an ideological end. As a child in the sixties, I had the firm belief that if I … Continue reading

February 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

Shifting Directions in Learning and Schools

When he was the Chief Education Officer of Birmingham Local Authority, Tim Brighouse often used to say that he would willingly give up control of pupils once they reached secondary … Continue reading

February 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

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

Motivating Students By Changing Assessment Patterns

The Learning Renaissance has long argued for the development of new assessment models to involve and motivate students to more self-actualisation. Specifically, we have advocated the move away from summative … Continue reading

January 31, 2022 · Leave a comment

Maintaining a Commitment to Staff Development Even During the Most Difficult Times

Thanks to Ross Morrison McGill’s TeacherToolkit for providing this latest iteration of developing the potential of employees/learners. I first came across this graphic when involved with the National School Improvement … Continue reading

January 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

As Christmas Draws Near…

The simplest things are often the most effective, and tired and frazzled teachers sometimes lose sight of this. Have a successful end to your term and a restful and happy … Continue reading

December 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

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