The Learning Renaissance

Asperger’s Syndrome and the Sensory Funnel

This is a terrific schema for developing your students who have Asperger’s Syndrome. Read more about The Sensory Funnel here: Why you should never focus on teaching someone with Asperger’s social skills first … Continue reading

February 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Support World Autism Week!

In all my years of teaching I never received any specific training in Autism Awareness. That means that I was unable to support those students in my classes who had … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · 4 Comments

As a Leader, How Should You Spend Your Days?

What does the day of the effective leader look like? It could look exceptionally crowded with busy work or filled with meetings which don’t reach conclusions. Certainly time management is … Continue reading

December 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

Leadership Communication

Forming and maintaining great and motivated teams requires a caring set of relationships epitomised by questions like these. Asked regularly and sincerely, they form a growing bond of trust and … Continue reading

December 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

School Heads Share Concerns in England

Despite the fragmentation of the education estate in England which has been caused by government privatisation policies designed to turn all schools run by local authorities into Academies, Headteachers are … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Mechanics of Change Leadership in Schools

Promoting development in schools is fraught with challenges and leaders need to have a clear strategy to include all players and understand their perception of change. This infographic from Garry … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Schools ‘could be 19,000 heads and deputies short by 2022’ | BBC News

Education charities warn schools in England could be short of 19,000 heads and deputies by 2022. The Future Leaders Trust, Teach First and Teaching Leaders say the new leaders will … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

A Sad Tale of the Dismantling of State Education Accountability

In the UK the current government policy is to strip schools from the local accountability of the county councils and pass over control of schools to Academy Trusts. A similar … Continue reading

October 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

Managerial Leadership

There is one school of thought about educational leadership that suggests that the ‘product’ of schools is the same as that in any industrial production unit and that by manipulating … Continue reading

October 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Habits of the Effective Educator

The work of Steven Covey has been seminal in focussing attention on the common traits of successful leaders. In an educational context, this infographic might inspire some changes of habits at … Continue reading

September 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Managing the Arrival of a New Principal

The arrival of a new principal at your school is a significant moment for both the principal and the staff. It may herald fast and profound cultural change and, depending … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Educational Leadership 101

  We have linked to the talks given by TED many times. As examples of the use of media to deliver profound messages in a simple format there are few … Continue reading

August 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Surprising Link Between Laughter and Learning | Fast Company

Relaxing is key to learning. Learning is key to leadership. Laughter unlocks both. When we laugh, we relax. As anxiety decreases, our capacity to retain information expands. Jokes also prompt … Continue reading

July 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Models of Leadership by Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman’s work on leadership goes some way to explaining how the leadership values and concerns help shape the culture of an organisation, be it a school or a more … Continue reading

July 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

Qualities and Competences of a Learning Leader

Governors and teachers would do well to bear this infographic in mind when making appointments. It emphasises the dimensions of leadership in the 21st century school…

June 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Controlled Failure – Building Resilient and Resourceful Students

I’d have to admit that the greatest lessons I learnt at school were always motivated by failure, or fear of failure.  Those were the experiences that changed my mind-set, my … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Whole School Coaching Strategy

As has been stated before, “Culture beats strategy hands down in school leadership” so it was interesting to see this post from Hannah Wilson of the Harris Federation Teaching Alliance … Continue reading

May 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons | Edutopia

A hands-on administrator asks teachers to become students for a class period and, at his prompting, model trust, academic risk taking, and camaraderie. The spirit of the flash lesson is, … Continue reading

May 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Leadership and the Arts – the Counterpoint to STEM

A short and informative article by John Zermani promoting the role of Arts in the development of leadership: An artful leader must know how to lead people creatively. Since all … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Compendium of Skills Needed by 21st Century Learners

This is a neat summary by Bradley Kemp of the skills base which a 21st century learner will need to deploy. The question is: Are schools preparing students to develop … Continue reading

April 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Digital Darwinism and Schooling

An interesting rejoinder from Mal Lee and Roger Broadie… In 2016 only a handful of schools globally have normalised the whole school use of the digital, trusted all its members … Continue reading

April 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Leadership Reflections

Originally posted on ace-d:
I have been led by others and I have led others. I have studied leadership and I have experienced good and poor leadership. I have worked…

April 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Boss or Leader?

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April 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Different Way of Leading Schools: Constructivism

The organisation of schools is traditionally hierarchical with leadership and management structures which contain and constrain discussion and tend to make the key focus of the school the individual subject department, … Continue reading

March 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Top employability skills shines light on learning experience

The World Economic Forum have cited these skills in this order as those critical to employability… there has been considerable shift over relatively few years. This is why we need … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Schools urgently need good leaders, says Ofsted boss | BBC News

The need to recruit good future leaders for England’s schools is urgent, the head of Ofsted has said.Sir Michael Wilshaw said it was critical to have a national system that … Continue reading

March 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Leadership Qualities in Learning Organisations

Nicholas Bate has some fair ideas for leadership in a learning organisation. Without such a vision you can be swallowed by the day to day… Source: #Sketchnote: Leadership 7 by … Continue reading

February 19, 2016 · Leave a comment