The Learning Renaissance

Building the Curriculum of the Future: Can you help? An Appeal to Education Leaders Worldwide

Noting the general malaise in education reported in the Western world I’m keen to explore solutions. In the past, the standard response to widespread teacher dissatisfaction has been a pay … Continue reading

June 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Transformational Change: From Random School Initiative to Capacity Building and Whole-School Cultural Development

  An initiative is needed in your school. It might be needed to plug a deficiency identified internally, or, more alarmingly, in response to a critical report. Most usually the … Continue reading

May 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

Future Learning 1: Understanding and Ameliorating the Learning Crisis in UK Schools

From any perspective, the past academic years have been challenging for all schools, and teachers and support staff have shown great professionalism and resilience in dealing with a fractured world … Continue reading

December 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Improving Student and Teacher Performance

I was taken by this simple graphic posted by my friend Stephen Norris and realised, that for all its simplicity it revealed a quite profound truth. Personal performance does vary … Continue reading

October 11, 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

In Search of Future Learning…

This is where UK school education currently resides… in a stale curriculum based on increasingly redundant knowledge. Taught in cohorts of 30+ to a strict regimen of bells in a … Continue reading

April 5, 2021 · 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

Finland – Showing the Way With a Subject-Less Curriculum

The idea that a curriculum can be constructed around subject knowledge has always been suspect… who decides which content and does the content reflect contemporary needs or historic antecedents? As … Continue reading

August 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Beyond Coronavirus: Templates for sustainable improvement in learning for schools

As the summer term comes to an end in British schools, thoughts turn to the new academic year in September. The disruption brought by the Coronavirus has been fundamental and … Continue reading

July 24, 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

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

FAO: Headteachers/Principals: Call for informal research partner schools from secondary schools in the UK and internationally to evaluate the impact of Coronavirus on learning development in your school

I’m looking to do some research to explore the transformative impact of the Coronavirus on learning in secondary schools… or not. It forms the next element to my books on … Continue reading

May 1, 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

Coronavirus and Online Learning in Schools: An Appeal for Case Studies

The onset of the Coronavirus pandemic has few positive aspects about it. However, it could be argued that, in a matter of weeks, school use of online learning has moved … Continue reading

March 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Reading in a time of crisis…

Amidst a week of global uncertainty, one positive note for me … both my education based books are in the best sellers list: Future Proof Your School on Amazon, particularly … Continue reading

March 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Which Countries Have the Smartest Education Systems, and in Which Direction Are They Headed?

Although the article by the World Economic Forum linked at the end of this piece is entitled ‘Which countries have the smartest kids?’ it shows nothing of the kind. The … Continue reading

February 21, 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

Three Pathways to Learning Transformation in Schools: Part 2: Change Management Solutions

  In the first article in this series I outlined the key issues preventing the effective development of schools as learning organisations in the UK. In this article we will … Continue reading

February 16, 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

Digitising Revision: The Basis of a Student Performance Breakthrough in Your School

This article is an abridged version of techniques expanded upon in a new book:  Re-Examining Success: Raising pupils’ examination performance at secondary school: systems, techniques, processes and partners by David … Continue reading

February 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Three Pathways to Learning Transformation in Schools: Part 1: Identifying the Problems

From November 2019: Flagship city school rapped and downgraded by Ofsted for ‘removing’ pupils ahead of GCSE exams | Birmingham Live Holte School in Lozells was one of a number … Continue reading

February 3, 2020 · 1 Comment

Re-Examining Success launched!

Crikey, it has only been out for a couple of days and already a bestseller in Blackwells… No.3 in educational strategies and policy!  

February 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

The 2020 Critical Publishing Catalogue: The Answer to Questions That Have Been Challenging Schools

It is a really exciting time to be part of the Critical Publishing stable of authors. They have tapped into a rich vein of experience and focus with their Practical … Continue reading

January 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Stuck Schools: Diagnosis, Treatment and Sustainable Improvement

Ross Morrison McGill’s article on the unintended consequences of labelling ‘stuck’ schools resonated with me. As always, Ross Morrison McGill is on the money in his analysis of why schools … Continue reading

January 22, 2020 · 1 Comment

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

Change Management: The Paucity of Project Planning Skills and Cultural Change in Schools

I’m always fascinated when principals tell me how busy they are. It seems that since some of them have become the CEO’s of a number of schools, their perceived workload … Continue reading

January 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

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