The Learning Renaissance

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

Differences Between Leadership and Management in Schools

I speak often about the quality of leadership in schools. Often I’m highlighting an imbalance between the leadership and the management roles of the headteacher. There has been a shift … Continue reading

July 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

A word of commendation for Plasq and Comic Life!

We’ve all been in those online conversations with customer relationship departments which seem to be endless, tedious, circuitous and fail to resolve a problem. It would be perhaps asking too … Continue reading

July 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

DfE Teacher Recruitment and Retention Policy… Some Wishful Thinking

This is how the DfE in England hopes to solve the recruitment and retention crisis in English schools … is it too little, is it too late, does it even … Continue reading

July 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

Teacher Recruitment and Retention

I often make a distinction between working in a company and being a teacher. In this case I don’t see a distinction… the principles of teacher retention revolve around these … Continue reading

July 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Education is Everyone’s Business!

I’m currently writing a book on the curriculum of excellence for the future. I hoped it would be a forward looking vision of inclusive education in which the talents of … Continue reading

June 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Blended Learning: Some Considerations

How do we take advantage of educational technology in learning? This infographic gives some consideration to the parameters that need to be addressed. In many classrooms, the rather unsubtle reality … Continue reading

June 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Re-setting learning, some thoughts on redesigning a curriculum for all learners in the 21st century…

I am currently writing a book on remodelling education and I’m putting together a chapter on how you would re-build learning from a blank page. Current educational models tend to … Continue reading

June 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Dimensions of School Leadership

Thank To Andrew Howard for sharing this infographic regarding the dimensions of leadership required from a modern school leader. It rings true with my experience. In my new book Future … Continue reading

June 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

7 Traits of Effective Teachers

Thank you to Ross Morrison McGill for sharing this… Demming reconstituted, and why not, teachers are managers of learning, of inspiration and themselves!

June 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Active Listening

May 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: A Good Leader

May 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Coaching, Culture and Excellence

Glynis Frater outlines the key considerations in an effective school-based coaching model: Coaching has the power to change perceptions of self, to create opportunities for innovation, to build a culture … Continue reading

May 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

High Exam Anxiety

Despite meticulous preparation, and certainly if you have prepared less than well, anxiety can be debilitating in examinations. The point of impact may be in your thoughts or in your … Continue reading

May 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Explaining ADHD to Teachers | ADDitude

For teachers with a poor grasp of ADHD, they tend to deal with the outward behavioural manifestations as ‘behavioural issues’ without understanding, or coming to grips with, the underlying triggers … Continue reading

May 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Ultimate ADHD Toolkit for Parents and Teachers | ADDitude

This Executive Function Worksheet provides a simple outline of the primary executive functions and the learning issues associated with performing, or failing to perform them effectively. This is offered as … Continue reading

May 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Art of Leadersheep

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May 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Model For School Leadership

Whether you are running a group of schools or have just taken on your first middle leadership role, the job is basically the same. David Pendleton (2012) in his Primary Colours model … Continue reading

May 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Children’s Emotional Needs

May 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

The State of Education: A Discredited Industrial System

This isn’t a new cartoon of the current state of education. Sir Ken Robinson has used glorious animations to share the same point about the outmoded industrial antecedents of education … Continue reading

May 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

How to Build an Effective School Improvement Specification

I’m often surprised by how senior leadership teams in schools begin a new project directly at the implementation phase. Bang! No prior consultations, no marshalling of internal resources to put … Continue reading

May 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Are Some School Leaders Too Compliant? | Innovate My School

You may not think education leadership is any different to any other form of leadership, but I believe it is. Yes there are similarities, but the process of becoming a leader and … Continue reading

May 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Reluctant learners (students and teachers) and what you can do about them…

In any educational setting there will be learners who are not fully engaged in the learning process for a variety of reasons. If you have led an INSET session, you … Continue reading

April 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Future of Learning… As Seen From the Nineteenth Century!

I came across this woodcut from a nineteenth century French conception of the future classroom of the year 2000. I found it acutely depressing in its conception for a number … Continue reading

April 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Time Management Choices

We sometimes constrain the effectiveness of our action by adopting particular strategies for managing our workload. If we fail to work systematically we are exacerbating our stress levels and reducing … Continue reading

April 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: From the Heart

April 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Qualities of Leadership

I’ve often been amazed at how ineffective leaders become when they are consciously trying to lead. They become preoccupied with the look, rather than the substance of things, about their … Continue reading

April 15, 2019 · Leave a comment
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