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Testing 3, 2, 1: Michael Lawrence Calls Out Standardised Education Practice

Like myself, my colleague Michael Lawrence is very taken with the Finnish education system and the reflection and professional thought that has gone into its creation. The welfare and development … Continue reading

July 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

Authentic Connection, the Secret to Effective Learning

Thank you to Visible Child for this timely and succinct reminder of what our role as educators involves for all those in our care… the role of the educational leader … Continue reading

May 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

Boosting Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum | Edutopia

Visible thinking routines that encourage students to document and share their ideas can have a profound effect on their learning. Visible thinking routines can be an excellent and simple way … Continue reading

March 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

Four Dimensions of Learning

Thanks to Tonya Gilchrist for sharing this timely reminder created by Tanmay Vora about the significant dimensions of learning.

January 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

If You Can’t Reach Them You Can’t Teach Them – Building Effective Learning Relationships by Kevin Hewitson | Critical Publishing

So good to see friend and colleague Kev Hewitson’s book finally in print. The ideas behind the book have been over twenty years in the making and bring his extensive … Continue reading

March 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Student Agency and the Implications

When a curriculum comprehensively defines what, when and how learning will take place, it takes away initiative from the learner. Such a curriculum has building blocks of knowledge, which may … Continue reading

November 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Change the Assessment, Change the Engagement

It used to strike me when I was first introduced to transactional analysis that assessment regimes operated in a similar way. Classic transactional analysis operates in three states in a … Continue reading

November 9, 2020 · 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

The bliss of a good book review: Future Proof Your School reviewed by UKEd Chat

I would have to declare myself well satisfied with this review of my book, Future Proof Your School which appeared in UKEd Chat. It is very gratifying to see that … Continue reading

April 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Prompting Improvements

Sound advice for young people… concentrate on the HOW and not the WHAT of learning.

March 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Questions, Questions, Questions… Why Schools Are Killing Creativity

This is a very reflective piece from Wendy Berliner, brought to my attention by Charlotte Davies, which recalls some research from 2007 about children asking questions. The intensity with which … Continue reading

March 9, 2020 · 2 Comments

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

How Nature Supports Children’s Learning

Perhaps the disconnect between nature and young people has revealed something that we all intrinsically know: that young people learn and thrive in nature. According to a world-first review by … Continue reading

February 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Re-purposing Learning for Examinations

As teachers, we tend to be more about the WHAT rather than the HOW of learning. No point in a child’s learning journey is more critical to their future than … Continue reading

February 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Gaming – Still a Dirty Word in Schools

Perhaps because of its antecedents in toys and children’s games, the idea that games can be used purposefully as part of the learning diet in schools has not gained much … Continue reading

February 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Just in Time for the Examination Preparation Period: Re-Examining Success by David Hughes

This is the new flyer to accompany my recently-released book: a systematic and learner-friendly way of digitising revision. There is a whole section on digitising revision and also making revision … Continue reading

February 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Project-Based Learning: Some Hiccups Along the Way

This blog has long advocated Project Based Learning (PBL) as a key conduit towards creating a 21st century curriculum in schools. PBL is the basis for transforming a teacher led … Continue reading

December 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

What to buy the hard pressed educationalist in your life for Christmas… new insights in learning and teaching!

Wherever you live, the role of teacher and educationalist is never easy and seemingly getting harder. Give the gift of fresh insights to your teacher or educationalist this year, so … Continue reading

November 30, 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

Thought For The Day: Question Everything

November 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Neuroplasticity: the ability of the brain to re-learn

November 5, 2019 · 1 Comment

Neuroscience, Behaviour and Motivation

Our friends at Edutopia, and Judy Willis in particular, have put together this short paper on using neuroscientific principles to ensure that students are engaged and motivated across the span … Continue reading

October 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Learning Processes: Respond, Reflect, Review

A major strand in the development of learning will be seismic changes in the purposes and processes of assessment. This process is already underway. There is increasing disillusion with summative … Continue reading

October 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Neurodiversity in the workplace | ACAS

Neurodiversity is a relatively new term that many people may not yet know much about. However, learning more about neurodiversity and taking steps to better support it in workplaces can … Continue reading

August 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Neurodiversity: Exploring Some Realities

I can thoroughly commend the work of Professor Amanda Kirby in developing the term ‘neurodiversity’ to characterise the wide range of conditions previously held under the ‘autism spectrum disorders’. It … Continue reading

August 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

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