The Learning Renaissance

The Paucity of Aspiration in National Educational

Unfortunately, the fact that all politicians have received an education of sorts and can spout such nonsense as former Education Secretary Michael Gove’s “we’ve heard enough from experts!” makes for … Continue reading

August 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Simple Assessment Strategies You Can Use Every Day

A super-helpful list of simple assessment strategies and tips to help you in your teaching, planning, and curriculum design, compiled by Saga Briggs. Find them here: Simple Assessment Strategies You … Continue reading

July 29, 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

Planning a Better Future with Fabienne Vailes

Another week, another great conversation with an educator passionate about change in education and learning. Fabienne Vailes has experience of education in most of its phases and can see clearly … Continue reading

July 18, 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

Creating a Classroom That Is Student, not Teacher, Driven: An Excerpt from ‘Teach More, Hover Less’ | Edutopia

Teachers can take a step back and create lessons that put student explorations at the centre of learning. A classroom free of micromanagement is not driven by a task-oriented approach. … Continue reading

June 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

A Curriculum for the Future…

What at first sight may appear to be a rather Utopian mission statement for a forward-looking school is in fact nothing of the kind. This is the pre-amble to the … Continue reading

June 13, 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

Recovering from Learning Loss: Opportunity in a Crisis

The Coronavirus has given schools some daunting challenges, not least of which is the learning time lost due to illness and closed schools during the pandemic. There is an urgent … Continue reading

May 30, 2022 · Leave a comment

A Small Victory for the Creative Arts in Wales

At a time when the creative subjects are under threat by the march of the ‘basics’ brigade, it was very encouraging to see Huw Jones picking up this under-reported piece … Continue reading

May 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Some Key Developmental Factors in Adolescent Learners… Ignore Them At Your Peril!

Teenagers can be annoying, can’t they just! Daydreaming, emotionally charged, refusing to sit still and just listen…  the list is endless, as any teacher will tell you. However, if you … Continue reading

May 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Shape of Things to Come…

If anything summed up the attitude to education/learning development of the Learning Renaissance team, it is this infographic. However, it should be qualified. There are, in fact, no times of … Continue reading

April 18, 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

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

Four Dimensions of Learning

Thanks to Tonya Gilchrist for sharing this timely reminder created by Tanmay Vora about the significant dimensions of learning.

January 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

Music Learning: the Work of Phil Rooke

Phil Rooke has been a friend for a number of years now. He brings passion, ingenuity and collaboration to all his work with young people. He has recently begun pulling … Continue reading

January 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

Lesson Exit Prompts | Literacy in Focus

A simple series of prompts to help you design effective plenary sessions for your lessons from Literacy in Focus. Please share any particularly successful prompts you use to end and … Continue reading

January 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

Future Learning 1: Understanding and Ameliorating the Learning Crisis in UK Schools

From any perspective, the past academic years have been challenging for all schools, and teachers and support staff have shown great professionalism and resilience in dealing with a fractured world … Continue reading

December 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Teacher Recruitment and Retention Crisis

To an extent, there has always been a retention crisis in teaching. Traditionally, in the UK doing a post graduate certificate in education (PGCE) was almost a default setting for … Continue reading

November 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

The School Newspaper… with an online twist!

In an increasingly sterile knowledge-based curriculum, the school newspaper provides an opportunity for pupils to write creatively, purposefully and for an audience whilst embracing skills such as collaboration and teamwork … Continue reading

November 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Taking Small Steps Toward Equity | Edutopia

It can be difficult to know how to keep going with equity work, but starting with culturally responsive teaching is helpful. I use the term implicit curriculum to refer to … Continue reading

October 27, 2021 · Leave a comment

Project-Based Learning – Dispelling Some Myths

We have long argued the importance of Project-Based Learning (PBL) as a vehicle for increasing student advocacy and engagement towards raising standards. Indeed, countries like Singapore and Finland, who perform … Continue reading

October 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Importance of Student Choice | Edutopia

When students get to make decisions about their learning, it can be powerfully motivating. Within the realm of literacy alone, the research on choice provides a powerful illustration: According to … Continue reading

September 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

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