The Learning Renaissance

A Decade for Education to Change or Wither!

I’ve just completed the first draft of my book Re-examining Success. I started on the premise that Excellence is a very dangerous thing on which to base the functioning of … Continue reading

July 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Differences Between Leadership and Management in Schools

I speak often about the quality of leadership in schools. Often I’m highlighting an imbalance between the leadership and the management roles of the headteacher. There has been a shift … Continue reading

July 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Teacher Recruitment and Retention

I often make a distinction between working in a company and being a teacher. In this case I don’t see a distinction… the principles of teacher retention revolve around these … Continue reading

July 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Workload Reduction Made Simple

In a nutshell this is all you need to know about workload reduction. An interesting conversation I’ve had with many teachers has been with regards to when they end projects … Continue reading

June 24, 2019 · 3 Comments

Education is Everyone’s Business!

I’m currently writing a book on the curriculum of excellence for the future. I hoped it would be a forward looking vision of inclusive education in which the talents of … Continue reading

June 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Blended Learning: Some Considerations

How do we take advantage of educational technology in learning? This infographic gives some consideration to the parameters that need to be addressed. In many classrooms, the rather unsubtle reality … Continue reading

June 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Re-setting learning, some thoughts on redesigning a curriculum for all learners in the 21st century…

I am currently writing a book on remodelling education and I’m putting together a chapter on how you would re-build learning from a blank page. Current educational models tend to … Continue reading

June 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Dimensions of School Leadership

Thank To Andrew Howard for sharing this infographic regarding the dimensions of leadership required from a modern school leader. It rings true with my experience. In my new book Future … Continue reading

June 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

7 Traits of Effective Teachers

Thank you to Ross Morrison McGill for sharing this… Demming reconstituted, and why not, teachers are managers of learning, of inspiration and themselves!

June 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Coaching, Culture and Excellence

Glynis Frater outlines the key considerations in an effective school-based coaching model: Coaching has the power to change perceptions of self, to create opportunities for innovation, to build a culture … Continue reading

May 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Model For School Leadership

Whether you are running a group of schools or have just taken on your first middle leadership role, the job is basically the same. David Pendleton (2012) in his Primary Colours model … Continue reading

May 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

The State of Education: A Discredited Industrial System

This isn’t a new cartoon of the current state of education. Sir Ken Robinson has used glorious animations to share the same point about the outmoded industrial antecedents of education … Continue reading

May 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

How to Build an Effective School Improvement Specification

I’m often surprised by how senior leadership teams in schools begin a new project directly at the implementation phase. Bang! No prior consultations, no marshalling of internal resources to put … Continue reading

May 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Are Some School Leaders Too Compliant? | Innovate My School

You may not think education leadership is any different to any other form of leadership, but I believe it is. Yes there are similarities, but the process of becoming a leader and … Continue reading

May 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Time Management Choices

We sometimes constrain the effectiveness of our action by adopting particular strategies for managing our workload. If we fail to work systematically we are exacerbating our stress levels and reducing … Continue reading

April 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Qualities of Leadership

I’ve often been amazed at how ineffective leaders become when they are consciously trying to lead. They become preoccupied with the look, rather than the substance of things, about their … Continue reading

April 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

How Finland’s Amazing Education System Works | Big Think

Finland’s education system works because its entire structure has been around several core principles. First and foremost, equal access to education is a constitutional right. Another important principle is that … Continue reading

April 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

The International Baccalaureate: Moving Learning in the Right Direction

I first came across the International Baccalaureate (IB) whilst on secondment to the RSA Academy in the West Midlands. Having adopted the Opening Minds curriculum at KS3 and KS4, the … Continue reading

April 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Future Proof Your School: Off and Running!

We managed to get the book published a week early and I’ve been astonished by early sales! I published a series of pre-launch Briefing Notes which explored the propositions outlined … Continue reading

April 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School now available to pre-order!

You can obtain copies of the new book on culture, school improvement and change management, Future Proof Your School at: Future Proof your School on Amazon Additionally, you can look … Continue reading

March 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

School Culture Development: A Primer For All Teachers Serious About Developing Excellence

One of the greatest challenges when writing Future Proof Your School was making issues which are commonly seen as the preserve only of senior leaders, accessible to all teachers. The … Continue reading

March 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Leadership

March 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

On the launch pad and ready to go in the first week in April: Future Proof Your School by David W Hughes!

Exciting times! The book is available to order here: Future Proof Your School

March 13, 2019 · 1 Comment

Future Proof Your School Prezi

The Prezi.com website allows you to develop presentations which are visually stimulating to your audience. Even more importantly, they allow you to think in depth about the subject you are … Continue reading

March 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School: Schools reflecting on practice and reflecting in practice | Briefing Notes #4

You may be forgiven for thinking that the key premise of Future Proof Your School is that cultural change follows a top-down model in which the Head teacher of senior … Continue reading

March 8, 2019 · 3 Comments

Artificial Intelligence, Monitoring and Educational Ethics: Engagement Detection

Thank you to Ian Grove-Stephenson for bringing this disturbing article to my attention. We are all aware of the capacity of computer based technologies to make a decisive impact on … Continue reading

February 27, 2019 · Leave a comment
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