The Learning Renaissance

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 · 1 Comment

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

Lean Processes in Learning

Lean processes, meaning achieving your desired outcome with minimal or no wastage, have been applied in manufacturing processes for some time. You can see it in automotive and aeronautical engineering … Continue reading

July 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

School Exclusions: An Expensive Road to Failure

This is a sad report from my old Local Authority, Nottingham City, showing that the brutal tool of exclusions is still widely used as a way of deflecting student issues… … Continue reading

July 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Wales teacher recruitment levels ‘bordering on crisis’ | BBC News

Low numbers of teachers being recruited in Wales is “bordering on crisis” levels, a union has said. Welsh Government figures showed the target for trainee teacher intake in secondary schools … Continue reading

July 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Montessori Secondary School: Teachers as Guides

The Montessori educational philosophy is well established at primary level as a child development focussed philosophy of letting children discover their own interests  and develop at a pace appropriate to the … Continue reading

June 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

Six Tips for Brain-Based Learning | Edutopia

In this free classroom resource guide, you’ll get practical tips across the K-12 spectrum, as well as a reading list and a variety of resources to help you learn more … Continue reading

June 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Reaching Students With Emotional Disturbances | Edutopia

Seasoned educator Dr Lori Desautels shares four ideas for supporting students who have suffered emotional trauma. The encouraging news is that young people have the innate capacity to bounce back from … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Finding Your Place in the World: Ikigai

I remember when doing O levels and A levels recognising that my choices opened up future employment opportunities whilst closing down others. I felt I was destined to do a … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

25 Inspirational Quotes for Teachers | e-Learning Infographics

The 25 Inspirational Quotes for Teachers Infographic is a collection of quotes that honour, uplift, and motivate educators of every kind all over the world. Source: 25 Inspirational Quotes for … Continue reading

June 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Reading for pleasure falls after primary school years | BBC News

Only one-third of teenage boys in the UK say they enjoy reading, a study by the National Literacy Trust suggests. The Trust found a significant drop in boys’ reading enjoyment … Continue reading

June 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

4 Steps to Better Writers | Edutopia

Guest blogger Brian Sztabnik isolates four steps to becoming a better writer – Purpose, Organization, Evidence and Thesis (POET) – and, with this pre-writing exercise, encourages his students to ‘be … Continue reading

June 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Digital Portfolios – The Art of Reflection | Edutopia

By collecting their learning artefacts and compiling them into portfolios, students should have an opportunity to reflect upon their experiences and see their own growth. Read the full article here: … Continue reading

June 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Could subjects soon be a thing of the past in Finland? | BBC News

For nearly two decades, Finland has enjoyed a reputation for having one of the world’s best education systems. Its 15 year olds regularly score amongst the highest in the global … Continue reading

May 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mentoring, Observations and the Reflective School

This article by Deborah McVey rang some important bells for me on what we aim to achieve through lesson observation and the attitudes and behaviours we need to take into … Continue reading

May 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

iPads ‘help improve young pupils’ skills’ | BBC News

Young children’s maths, English and communication skills improve if they use iPads in school on a regular basis. That is one of the key findings of the most in-depth research … Continue reading

May 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Core academic teachers ‘leaving profession’ | BBC News

Maths, science and language teachers in England have high rates of leaving the profession, particularly in their first five years, a study finds. About one in 10 of those teaching … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

Some thoughtful career advice from Bill Gates…

Bill Gates gives advice to new graduates on the future of working and the sunrise industries… Congratulations! You’ve just accomplished something I never managed to do—earn a college degree. Between … Continue reading

May 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Politics of Entitlement Which Wastes Talent

I’ve had the experience of working with schools internationally which are fee paying and state supported. The common perception is that the ‘top’ schools provide an exceptional and high grade … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Exam revision students ‘should smell rosemary for memory’ | BBC News

With the exam season approaching and revision under way, university researchers have suggested that the smell of rosemary could enhance memory. A study found that pupils working in a room … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Metacognition: Learning How to Learn, Revisited

As we enter examination season once again a number of parents have asked me about study skills techniques. Interesting how this always comes up as a graft on element at … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · Leave a comment