Future Proof Your School finds a Global Audience…
I must admit that when Julia and Di at Critical Publishing suggested the title of ‘Future Proof Your School‘ for my book of strategies and approaches to encourage school improvement … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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