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Future Proof Your School: Intelligence Report 2: Understanding School Culture and Building it Into Your Improvement Strategy

In its simplest form, culture can be defined as ‘the way we do things round here’. It is a foolish school leader who fails to factor school culture into improvement … Continue reading

February 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

Maintaining a Commitment to Staff Development Even During the Most Difficult Times

Thanks to Ross Morrison McGill’s TeacherToolkit for providing this latest iteration of developing the potential of employees/learners. I first came across this graphic when involved with the National School Improvement … Continue reading

January 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Art of Great Management

November 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Developing Your Teams

Your staff are the most valuable asset in securing the best futures for your pupils. They need to be valued, consulted and developed by mentors. These things must happen not … Continue reading

November 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: A Timely Reminder

As this difficult academic year rolls to an end…

June 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Re-Examining Success: A time to review the fundamentals of British education

There seems increasing disillusionment in the UK regarding the purposes and practices of education and increasing numbers of teacher are looking towards a fundamental re-think of the whole education system. … Continue reading

June 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Boosting Executive Function in Teenagers

The teenage years bring a certain amount of hormonal mayhem to young people at the very time that they are required to exercise more responsibility for organising their lives. The … Continue reading

May 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Toxic Positivity… Don’t Be That Person!

Whilst we at the Learning Renaissance generally maintain a positive attitude to the direction of education, and life in general, we sometimes despair of glib and manufactured positivity. Personally, I … Continue reading

February 5, 2021 · 1 Comment

Teacher Professional Development: an Event or a Process?

I’m old enough to remember the introduction of the 1988 Education Reform Act in the UK. If was the stifling of creativity in UK schools and introduced many elements in … Continue reading

November 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Why Project-Based Learning (PBL)?

One particularly difficult task for schools to maintain during the Covid 19 pandemic has been learning continuity. Part of this difficulty is self-imposed by secondary schools tending to structure learning … Continue reading

November 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Good to be supporting Arbor Education’s online conference with a blog post on future learning…

Like many, I seem to be spending an inordinate amount of time at my desk recently. The latest conference I was due to attend as a speaker has been reconstituted as … Continue reading

October 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Best wishes and a free gift for schools in the new academic year: an international CPD library!

Let me begin by wishing you and your school every success in this new academic year, which appears to have all the makings of the most challenging of your career … Continue reading

September 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Legacy of Sir Ken Robinson: the Challenge and Opportunities of a New Curriculum and Assessment Model

The sad death of Sir Ken Robinson brings the end to the good-natured and robust thinking about how the future of education might be built. Sir Ken not only defined … Continue reading

August 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ways to Make Teaching a More Sustainable Profession | Edutopia

Tips for school leaders seeking to foster an environment that supports, engages, and motivates teachers. With each day that I work with teachers, I am more convinced that it is vital … Continue reading

August 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Problem With Data

Daniel Sobel recently shared this poster in an interesting post regarding problems with data used in an educational context. It is all about the integrity of the data collection protocols. … Continue reading

July 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Think Tanks in Education: An Update from Ross Morrison McGill

It would be wrong and extremely naive to assume that any group describing itself as a ‘think tank’ is simply a research-based organisation. In some cases, they are the political/educational … Continue reading

July 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Beyond Covid 19: Education in the Time of Corona, June 6th 2020

I’m honoured to be part of this panel of distinguished educators on the Online Educational Leadership Forum for a discussion about education beyond the virus. The COVID-19 crisis is unprecedented … Continue reading

June 5, 2020 · 1 Comment

Nordic Schools and the Nordic Teaching Model

I was delighted to have been invited to join the Nordic Schools network. I’ve leaned heavily on the Scandinavian experience of educational development. I think their experiences are instructive because … Continue reading

June 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

My article for Teaching Times on Building Professional Development Capacity published

My article on Building professional development capacity has recently been published in Teaching Times. What a tremendous repository of innovative thinking and ideas Teaching Times is. I can thoroughly recommend … Continue reading

May 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Collaborations: The Way Forward in School Improvement

I was very taken with this graphic when I saw it on a post of one of my LinkedIn colleagues. It seemed to perfectly sum up my conception of a … Continue reading

May 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Chartered College of Teachers report on the impact of Covid 19

I found this report from the Chartered College of Teachers a useful read on supporting students through Covid19: Education in the time of crisis: The potential implications of school closures … Continue reading

May 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Beyond the Virus: Planning for a Better Learning Future in Your School

Now that we are well into the delivery of learning during the virus, it might be the opportune time to be thinking about and planning for the ‘new normal’ for … Continue reading

May 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Essence of Reflective Practice…

The disruption caused by Coronavirus to the normal pattern of schooling may have many implications when schools return to something approaching a new normal. There will undoubtedly be many potential … Continue reading

May 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Training teachers to shine on Parent Evenings

Are your teachers trained to build positive relationships with parents at parent evenings? I’ve always been amazed that teachers are so poor at managing relationships on parents evening. For me … Continue reading

April 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus: Are there educational development opportunities for your school?

I earnestly hope that this unprecedented interruption to education caused by the Coronavirus will give teachers space for some creative thinking and that teachers will return to school ready to … Continue reading

April 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

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