The Learning Renaissance

Bett 2020… Learning Paradise Deferred?

The siren call of the BETT Conference, the world’s largest educational technology exhibition is sounding again at the ExCel Centre in the heart of London Docklands. It will showcase the … Continue reading

January 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Place of the Arts in the Curriculum

In all the clamour for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the curriculum, Arts subjects are increasingly marginalised. Sometimes it feels like they are regarded as ‘the icing’ on … Continue reading

January 22, 2020 · 3 Comments

The Unequal Playing Field of Education

In  my new book, Re-Examining Success, out in March 2020, I outline ways in which the current examination system disproportionately favours those from relatively settled and well off homes. To … Continue reading

January 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

A week in the life of the Learning Renaissance blog…

When the redoubtable Sue Cowley helped me to post what I thought was my own research into educational initiatives, I thought it would have a small and parochial level of … Continue reading

January 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Beauty of Failure

This certainly rings true for me. The limited successes I’ve enjoyed in my career have been a cause for some celebration, but little learning. By contrast, my failures have had … Continue reading

January 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Battling Decision Fatigue | Edutopia

When you’re teaching reading, focusing on these three questions can help you conserve your mental energy. A good way to triumph over decision fatigue is to focus on the decisions … Continue reading

January 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

A damning view of Ofsted… and a potential way forward: Re-examining what we mean by success in schools

Two things that have happened in the last week have revealed the systemic failure of the Ofsted model of inspection. Firstly Mary Bousted published a damning article on the coming … Continue reading

January 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

14 points that matter to literacy | Saskatoon StarPhoenix

As work changes and jobs demand higher level skills, people without good reading skills are most at risk of being left behind. Reading is the learning-to-learn skill. It’s the cornerstone … Continue reading

January 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

A damning view of a redundant inspection model: Mary Bousted on OFSTED

A damning condemnation of the role of Ofsted in creating the climate in which stuck schools proliferate. Whilst we have an inspection process which is quality control rather than quality … Continue reading

January 10, 2020 · 3 Comments

Growing Power For Young, and Not So Young, Minds!

I’ve worked with schools which have built growing food into the curriculum and then used it as the basis of practical maths exercises and to supply the school kitchen as … Continue reading

January 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

More Worrying Feedback on the Reform to the ITT (Initial Teacher Training) Framework in England

Amy Gibbons of the TES comes to an alarming conclusion about the vision and ambition of those who have put together the revision to the ITT Framework in England. She … Continue reading

January 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Some Alarming Developments in England’s Initial Teacher Training

Just as a curriculum is only as good as the vision of its creators, so the quality of teaching is largely determined by the quality and vision of the training … Continue reading

January 6, 2020 · 2 Comments

Re-examining Success: Resetting School Culture for Continuous, Quality-Assured Improvement in Learning

Just over a month to go before Re-examining Success is published. It follows on from last year’s book entitled Future Proof Your School, and continues the theme of change management … Continue reading

January 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

One of the Problems with Multi-Academy Trusts: Accountability

One of the problems when you transfer state educational assets  to Multi-Academy Trusts operating in a commercial environment to generate shareholder value is accountability. I say one of the problems, … Continue reading

December 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Numbers and the tricks they play | BBC Academy

Numbers can be used to tell all sorts of stories. They can help show the scale of a particular problem or issue, illustrating whether it’s big or small. When you’re … Continue reading

December 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Why is the UK not making sufficient progress in the PISA tables? Andreas Schleicher of OECD Shares His Thoughts

This TES interview with Andreas Schleicher of the OECD, who compile the PISA comparative education effectiveness tables is very revealing, and, after all, he is in a position to understand … Continue reading

December 16, 2019 · 1 Comment

New Article on Future Proofing Your School in pDT Journal 21.1

In a rather bleak Christmas period, it was a treat yesterday to be contacted by Graham Handscomb, the editor of pDT (Professional Development Today), to say that my polemical article … Continue reading

December 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Emotional Intelligence: Towards an Operational Definition For Learning

Many thanks to Daniel Sobel for bringing this table based on work by Daniel Goleman back to my attention. I first read it when completing the National Professional Qualification for … Continue reading

December 6, 2019 · 1 Comment

UK PISA Results: Not Much Change, But Some Worrying Developments

This week’s release of the international comparative data on educational performance (PISA) revealed a marginal improvement in performance of UK schools in Maths, but otherwise no breakthroughs in teaching and … Continue reading

December 4, 2019 · 1 Comment

School/Parent Relations and SEND Pupils

The relationship between schools and parents can be a fraught one. It is often characterised by an arm’s length relationship, which exacerbates when the child enters secondary school and the … Continue reading

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Estonia: How to do education effectively!

With the latest PISA figures published by the OECD now available, it might be worth considering one of the brightest stars in the educational firmament… Estonia. Estonia has come from … Continue reading

December 3, 2019 · 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

Revision: The Acquisition, Retention and Recall of Information For Examinations

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most insightful. This one came via Jon Tait on Linked In and he recognised something I noticed when students are revising. Often they spend … Continue reading

November 29, 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

Edutopia and the George Lucas Education Foundation

One of our favourite go-to sites to catch up with innovative thinking is the George Lucas Foundation’s Edutopia. For someone who could conceive of the Star Wars universe, it was … Continue reading

November 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

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