The Learning Renaissance

Learndirect rated ‘inadequate’ in Ofsted report | BBC News

Training company Learndirect has been branded by Ofsted as “inadequate” – the worst rating the watchdog can give. Inspectors found not enough learners achieved the skills and qualifications to progress … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Injunction lifted on critical Ofsted report | BBC News

The future of one of the UK’s largest adult-training providers is in question after it failed to block publication of a critical report by Ofsted inspectors. Learndirect had obtained an … Continue reading

August 17, 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

Thought For The Day: Drawing

A little girl, aged 4, was asked what drawing was, and she replied: “You just think something and draw a line around it!”    

August 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Madness of Standardisation in Learning

In contrast to a recent post regarding project based learning, here is an article from the Guardian exploring what teachers and students are enduring in the standardised testing regime currently in … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Project-Based Learning: A Study

One of the joys of my primary school was the summer opportunity to complete an extended project. We were left to our own devices for almost two weeks and had … Continue reading

August 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

TED Talks: Sugata Mitra and the Hole in the Wall Project

Sugata’s Hole in the Wall Project is a famous piece of field research in education. In some of the poorest regions of India, he placed the latest computers into walls. … Continue reading

August 4, 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

Set to Fail – The Reluctant Learners

We’ve all been there as teachers… the Year 9 student who oozes negativity, seems determined to disrupt the learning of others and drives you to distraction with every comment. My … Continue reading

July 31, 2017 · 3 Comments

Meet the Guides encouraging girls into science and tech | BBC News

Can girlguiding encourage more girls to take up science, technology, economics and maths? The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is updating its image with a number of … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

TED Talks: Ken Robinson on Schools Killing Creativity

In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning – creating conditions where … Continue reading

July 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Secondary school pupil numbers set for 19% rise by 2026 | BBC News

The number of pupils in England’s secondary schools is set to rise by almost a fifth within the next decade.Government figures show there are expected to be around half a … Continue reading

July 27, 2017 · 1 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

Future First – an alumni community for every state school and college

Former students can have a transformative effect on the lives of young people at their old schools and colleges. Future First aims to create a national culture of alumni engagement so that … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Young Enterprise: Volunteering

The excitement and satisfaction of mentoring, of transforming attitudes, and of helping young people open their eyes to the world of enterprise keeps many of our volunteers coming back year … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

Every Child Needs a Mentor (ECNAM)

Mentoring provides a different paradigm for learning that stresses partnership and empowerment for the student in the relationship with the teacher/mentor.  Mentor Herman Stewart posted this case study from his … Continue reading

July 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Can a scholarship in peace studies really make a difference? | BBC | Dhruti Shah

  “What, drawn, and talk of peace! I hate the word.” And with that, in Act One, Scene One, Tybalt, the violent “Prince of Cats” in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet … Continue reading

July 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why Good Schools Are Happy Places | HuffPost

Consider all that occurs in the short span of ten minutes at the start of each day at my son’s school. Students participate in a community that values play, song, … Continue reading

July 12, 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

Learning Resources | The Franklin Institute Science Museum

The Franklin Institute’s huge collection of science lessons, experiments, activities, and interesting facts, all on the web to share with teachers! View the full collection here: Learning Resources | The … Continue reading

July 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Primary tests: Two-fifths fail to meet standard | BBC News

Two-fifths (39%) of primary school pupils in England have failed to meet the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, figures show. The results are from national curriculum tests, often … Continue reading

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

Montessori Secondary School: Teachers as Guides

The Montessori educational philosophy is well established at primary level as a child development focussed philosophy of letting children discover their own interests  and develop at a pace appropriate to the … Continue reading

June 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

Six Tips for Brain-Based Learning | Edutopia

In this free classroom resource guide, you’ll get practical tips across the K-12 spectrum, as well as a reading list and a variety of resources to help you learn more … Continue reading

June 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Reaching Students With Emotional Disturbances | Edutopia

Seasoned educator Dr Lori Desautels shares four ideas for supporting students who have suffered emotional trauma. The encouraging news is that young people have the innate capacity to bounce back from … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

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