The Learning Renaissance

Building a School Around Common Values

I’ve used cartoonists to help capture ideas in the past and the use of animation techniques is well established with organisations like the Royal Society for the Arts. It provides … Continue reading

September 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Theory of Knowledge Newsletter – Highly Recommended!

Although the movement of state controlled education systems tends towards an overwhelming preoccupation with content over process in learning, there are some brighter and more enlightened beacons in this mire … Continue reading

September 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Importance of Relationships in Learning

The quality of the relationships you have with students, and not your subject knowledge will determine the impact you can have on student learning argues Rebecca Alger. Read more: Relationships … Continue reading

September 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: What Survives

September 12, 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

Warning over ‘looming secondary school place squeeze’ | BBC News

A potential shortage of school places looms ahead in secondary schools in England, councils are warning. The Local Government Association says schools will be thousands of places short over the … Continue reading

September 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

Technology in Education – Digital Literacy and Cultural Illiteracy

Joe Nutt makes the parallel with the Emperor’s new clothes in his assessment of the impact on learning of technology in schools. As one who has been involved in the … Continue reading

September 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Planning Cooperative Lessons Using Strategies

A really useful infographic from Edtech exploring how to construct co-operative learning lessons… Source: 10 Top Cooperative Learning Strategies (and some tech tools that could come in handy) | Edtech4beginners.com

September 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Getting Students Writing

An excellent report from John MacCarthy on igniting the passions of students through creative writing assignments… A teacher taught a lesson on telling a Six-Word Story. There are websites that … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Graham Brown-Martin on the Uberfication of Teaching

There was a time when education was regarded as a public good – you could never have too much of it and there was a moral, economic and political justification … Continue reading

August 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Pedagogy of Poverty by Martin Haberman

Much gratuitous comment is generated regarding the ability of urban students to learn successfully. It has become something of a political football with the right believing they only have to … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Learndirect rated ‘inadequate’ in Ofsted report | BBC News

Training company Learndirect has been branded by Ofsted as “inadequate” – the worst rating the watchdog can give. Inspectors found not enough learners achieved the skills and qualifications to progress … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Injunction lifted on critical Ofsted report | BBC News

The future of one of the UK’s largest adult-training providers is in question after it failed to block publication of a critical report by Ofsted inspectors. Learndirect had obtained an … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Dumbing Down the Profession… Headteachers in their Twenties!

One element of the transfer of accountability from local educational authorities to the Multi Academy Trusts has been the appointment of younger and younger heads. There is certainly a recruitment … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Project-Based Learning: A Study

One of the joys of my primary school was the summer opportunity to complete an extended project. We were left to our own devices for almost two weeks and had … Continue reading

August 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Set to Fail – The Reluctant Learners

We’ve all been there as teachers… the Year 9 student who oozes negativity, seems determined to disrupt the learning of others and drives you to distraction with every comment. My … Continue reading

July 31, 2017 · 3 Comments

Meet the Guides encouraging girls into science and tech | BBC News

Can girlguiding encourage more girls to take up science, technology, economics and maths? The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is updating its image with a number of … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

TED Talks: Ken Robinson on Schools Killing Creativity

In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning – creating conditions where … Continue reading

July 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Secondary school pupil numbers set for 19% rise by 2026 | BBC News

The number of pupils in England’s secondary schools is set to rise by almost a fifth within the next decade.Government figures show there are expected to be around half a … Continue reading

July 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Learning Styles Myth Debunked

Over a decade ago the idea that students exhibited learning styles was gaining ground. The underlying assumption was that students had a preferred learning style with might involve receiving written … Continue reading

July 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

Future First – an alumni community for every state school and college

Former students can have a transformative effect on the lives of young people at their old schools and colleges. Future First aims to create a national culture of alumni engagement so that … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Young Enterprise: Volunteering

The excitement and satisfaction of mentoring, of transforming attitudes, and of helping young people open their eyes to the world of enterprise keeps many of our volunteers coming back year … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Every Child Needs a Mentor (ECNAM)

Mentoring provides a different paradigm for learning that stresses partnership and empowerment for the student in the relationship with the teacher/mentor.  Mentor Herman Stewart posted this case study from his … Continue reading

July 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why Good Schools Are Happy Places | HuffPost

Consider all that occurs in the short span of ten minutes at the start of each day at my son’s school. Students participate in a community that values play, song, … Continue reading

July 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Riposte to the Traditional Written Exam

This is a forthright and provocative attack on standard written examinations from the CEO of Yacapaca, Ian Grove-Stephensen. It certainly resonates with my experience… It is long past time to … Continue reading

July 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Learning Resources | The Franklin Institute Science Museum

The Franklin Institute’s huge collection of science lessons, experiments, activities, and interesting facts, all on the web to share with teachers! View the full collection here: Learning Resources | The … Continue reading

July 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Primary tests: Two-fifths fail to meet standard | BBC News

Two-fifths (39%) of primary school pupils in England have failed to meet the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, figures show. The results are from national curriculum tests, often … Continue reading

July 6, 2017 · Leave a comment