The Learning Renaissance

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

The People Deciding to Ditch Their Smartphones | BBC News

About nine out of 10 people in the UK now own a smartphone, a figure broadly replicated across the developed world. And we are glued to them – one recent study found that … Continue reading

April 25, 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

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

New Directions in Learning

I am indebted to Michael McKnight for sharing this diagram which sets some clear directions for resetting learning and education for the 21st century. Discuss… Further reading: Neuroscience and Education: … Continue reading

January 29, 2021 · 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

Best wishes and a free gift for schools in the new academic year: an international CPD library!

Let me begin by wishing you and your school every success in this new academic year, which appears to have all the makings of the most challenging of your career … Continue reading

September 2, 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

Finland – Showing the Way With a Subject-Less Curriculum

The idea that a curriculum can be constructed around subject knowledge has always been suspect… who decides which content and does the content reflect contemporary needs or historic antecedents? As … Continue reading

August 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Value of Play Before Formal Education Starts

One of the great joys of being involved in the future of learning is that you come across a large number of well-informed and passionate people who are in possession … Continue reading

August 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

FAO: Headteachers/Principals: Call for informal research partner schools from secondary schools in the UK and internationally to evaluate the impact of Coronavirus on learning development in your school

I’m looking to do some research to explore the transformative impact of the Coronavirus on learning in secondary schools… or not. It forms the next element to my books on … Continue reading

May 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

The World Beyond the Coronavirus…

Wise words via my friend Pirjo Suhonen on education beyond Coronavirus… When the covid-19 pandemic passes and the world opens up again, we should redesign our schools using the best … Continue reading

April 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus: Are there educational development opportunities for your school?

I earnestly hope that this unprecedented interruption to education caused by the Coronavirus will give teachers space for some creative thinking and that teachers will return to school ready to … Continue reading

April 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

New Learning Paradigms from Charles Sosnik

An interesting article from Charles Sosnik from California, who demonstrates the way forward for learning seems to be coalescing internationally in independent learning. Learning is becoming consumerized. There is actually … Continue reading

March 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Importance of System Thinking Skills for Learners of All Ages

BOLD is becoming one of my favourite online sources for leading-edge articles on the future of learning. The themes developed there are very much in line with the philosophy of … Continue reading

March 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Which Countries Have the Smartest Education Systems, and in Which Direction Are They Headed?

Although the article by the World Economic Forum linked at the end of this piece is entitled ‘Which countries have the smartest kids?’ it shows nothing of the kind. The … Continue reading

February 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Stuck Schools: Diagnosis, Treatment and Sustainable Improvement

Ross Morrison McGill’s article on the unintended consequences of labelling ‘stuck’ schools resonated with me. As always, Ross Morrison McGill is on the money in his analysis of why schools … Continue reading

January 22, 2020 · 1 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

Growing Power For Young, and Not So Young, Minds!

I’ve worked with schools which have built growing food into the curriculum and then used it as the basis of practical maths exercises and to supply the school kitchen as … Continue reading

January 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

More Worrying Feedback on the Reform to the ITT (Initial Teacher Training) Framework in England

Amy Gibbons of the TES comes to an alarming conclusion about the vision and ambition of those who have put together the revision to the ITT Framework in England. She … Continue reading

January 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

New Article on Future Proofing Your School in pDT Journal 21.1

In a rather bleak Christmas period, it was a treat yesterday to be contacted by Graham Handscomb, the editor of pDT (Professional Development Today), to say that my polemical article … Continue reading

December 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School and Re-Examining Success Tour 2020

Following the publication of Re-Examining Success in February 2020, I shall be embarking on a speaking and support tour.  The tour will encompass three related areas: Strategic briefings for senior … Continue reading

November 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Phil Rooke’s 15-minute Music Break: Music Building Learning!

I’ve been conversing with Phil Rooke on matters about the future of education for almost a decade and his passion and innovative insights never fail to impress me. At a … Continue reading

November 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Good grades and a desk ‘key for university hopes’ | BBC News

Having a desk to work at, good grades and high expectations from parents, as well as being happy at school, are key factors in encouraging children to go on to … Continue reading

November 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School: Intelligence Report 1: Cultural Log Jams to Sustainable Learning Improvement

This forms part one of a series of pieces exploring cultural log-jams and structural defects preventing sustainable improvements in learning and learning outcomes in schools. In my experience, there have … Continue reading

October 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

SHS ConnectEd Conference, 27 March 2020

I am delighted to have been approached to speak at the Surbiton High School ConnectEd Conference on March 27 2020. This is one of a number of interesting invitations I’ve … Continue reading

September 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Decade for Education to Change or Wither!

I’ve just completed the first draft of my book Re-examining Success. I started on the premise that Excellence is a very dangerous thing on which to base the functioning of … Continue reading

July 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

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