The Learning Renaissance

The Learning Deeps – David Hargreaves and Redesigning Schools

Professor David Hargreaves at Cambridge University attempted to reset the discussion of learning using new and more elaborate paradigms than were in general use. His terminology gradually became defined as … Continue reading

December 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Great Schools Worldwide – The Common Factors

Will Minton is a very lucky man. He was able to visit outstanding schools internationally to see what were the common features of their success.  This is what he found: Lessons Learned … Continue reading

November 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Digital Citizenship – Resource Roundup | Edutopia

A fantastic round up of resources related to Digital Citizenship from our friends at Edutopia. This relates to the positive aspects of developing Digital Citizens in educational settings, as well … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Emotions and Reflection: Changing People’s Minds

Having people, be they students or teachers, reflect on their thinking and be prepared to consider other perspectives is a difficult process. It may feel impossible when you consider the … Continue reading

November 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

UK Educational Think Tanks: Influence and Orientation

Educational policy is shaped by many factors. In the UK the professional teaching body yields seemingly little influence in the shaping of the educational debate and tends to be consulted … Continue reading

November 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Organisation Culture and Performance Graphic

I’m often amazed when entering schools and other organisations as too how little they question themselves about core values which define their culture. Often they are too busy generating, managing … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Leadership

October 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Psychology of Leadership: Mental Shifts

This is a useful and informative article from Benjamin P Hardy about mental shifts coming from a background of Emotional Intelligence. His starting point is an observation of the physicist … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice

When first appointed to the leadership team of an inner city school, I was struck by the abrasiveness of relationships and recourse to abuse and violence amongst the students. Too … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

TED Talks: Every Kid Needs a Champion | Rita Pierson

An inspirational TEDTalk by Rita Pierson on inspiring learners… Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Importance of Relationships in Learning

The quality of the relationships you have with students, and not your subject knowledge will determine the impact you can have on student learning argues Rebecca Alger. Read more: Relationships … Continue reading

September 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Nuances of Leadership

Leadership is often talked about in too abstract, or too concrete terms. This infographic is useful in exploring leadership in levels and looking at the nuanced relationship with the led… … Continue reading

September 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Technology in Education – Digital Literacy and Cultural Illiteracy

Joe Nutt makes the parallel with the Emperor’s new clothes in his assessment of the impact on learning of technology in schools. As one who has been involved in the … Continue reading

September 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Social and Emotional Learning for Adults

Elena Aguilar, Transformational Leadership Coach from Oakland, California, suggests lessons which can be taken up by an entire staff or by an individual and are intended to build emotional awareness, self-management, social … Continue reading

August 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Transactional Analysis and Engendering Mutual Respect

Rita Pierson gives a masterclass here in a bad day in the class and how to use transactional analysis to generate a culture of better relationships built around success. I … Continue reading

August 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Helping Students Develop Their Values… and Your School Ethos

Being proactive and asking students to record their own values is a useful exercise in developing a philosophical understanding of what motivates and impassions people. building an ethos based on … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Dumbing Down the Profession… Headteachers in their Twenties!

One element of the transfer of accountability from local educational authorities to the Multi Academy Trusts has been the appointment of younger and younger heads. There is certainly a recruitment … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

TED Talks: Shukla Bose on teaching one child at a time

A seminal TED Talk by Shukla Bose regarding respecting individuality and rejecting production line based learning. Shukla Bose: Teaching one child at a time | TED Talk | TED.com

August 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

How to Design a School That Prioritizes Kindness and Caring | MindShift

  It says much about the state of our society when you need to start explicitly trying to build kindness into your school’s DNA. How far has capitalism taken us … Continue reading

August 2, 2017 · 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

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

I often complain that neuroscience research is so nuanced as to have no practical benefits to learning. Here is an article by Kristyna Zapletal that is prepared to venture into practicality: … Continue reading

July 19, 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

Thought For The Day: Doing the Right Thing

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

A Picture Warning from History

A timeless summer holiday picture of the type that you might take this summer. It could be the beach at my hometown of Rhyl, or any other beach in the … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

7 Rules of Proactive Leadership | Tomas Kucera | LinkedIn

Although purposed for a wider business environment, I found this outline of proactive leadership quite compelling for an educational setting… Crisis. Panic. Urgency. These are some of the words with … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Code for Leadership Action from Don Miguel Ruiz

Strati Georgopoulos cites the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz as a pattern for leadership and personal development:

June 5, 2017 · Leave a comment