The Learning Renaissance

Collaborations: The Way Forward in School Improvement

I was very taken with this graphic when I saw it on a post of one of my LinkedIn colleagues. It seemed to perfectly sum up my conception of a … Continue reading

May 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Essence of Reflective Practice…

The disruption caused by Coronavirus to the normal pattern of schooling may have many implications when schools return to something approaching a new normal. There will undoubtedly be many potential … Continue reading

May 4, 2020 · Leave a 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

Digitising Revision: The Basis of a Student Performance Breakthrough in Your School

This article is an abridged version of techniques expanded upon in a new book:  Re-Examining Success: Raising pupils’ examination performance at secondary school: systems, techniques, processes and partners by David … Continue reading

February 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Why INSET Fails to Change Learning in Schools

No-one was more excited than I in 1988 when a statutory obligation was built into the Education Reform Act requiring each school to provide five closure days a year when … Continue reading

January 27, 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

Current CPD Pathways in UK Schools

This useful overview of current CPD pathways comes from Quintin Kynaston. One important element not touched on here is the format of the CPD in terms of it being an … Continue reading

April 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

How the exam system sets up neuro-diverse students to fail

This is a really important piece by Jules Daulby regarding the double jeopardy that students with learning and behavioural issues, which she encompasses in the term neuro-diverse students, face in … Continue reading

March 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School now available to pre-order!

You can obtain copies of the new book on culture, school improvement and change management, Future Proof Your School at: Future Proof your School on Amazon Additionally, you can look … Continue reading

March 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

INSET Days and How Not to do them!

The start of a new term means there is likely to be an INSET day in the offing… Ross Morrison McGill wrote this article that got me thinking about the … Continue reading

January 4, 2019 · Leave a 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

Illusterate – the Graphical Equivalent of Illiterate or Innumerate

In my first teaching post I had the privilege of working with David Close, a superb artist and educator who went on from Swavesey Village College to lecture in higher … Continue reading

June 1, 2015 · 6 Comments

Neuroscience and Learning – Issues and Nuances

One of the key components of the Learning Renaissance is the idea that our growing understanding of how the brain works in learning will give us insights that will help … Continue reading

April 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Continuous Professional Development in Schools – Failing to Deliver?

I’ve noticed in conversations with colleagues in other countries that there is some disillusionment with the quality of access to, and impact of, professional development opportunities for serving teachers. Too … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

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