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10 Things Great School Leaders Do Over the Summer | Edutopia

Strategies school leaders can use to reflect and prepare to make the next school year successful. Great school leaders aren’t measured by how much they accomplish from August to June, but rather, … Continue reading

July 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Learning and Schools post Covid-19 Paper for Global Citizenship Foundation

I recently had an invitation to contribute to a webinar organised by the Global Citizenship Foundation on the subject of the shape of education post-Covid-19. Here is the paper generated: … Continue reading

June 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

Getting Ready to Teach in K-12 Schools Next Year | Edutopia

There’s a lot of uncertainty about the 2020–21 school year, but planning for a mix of remote and in-person instruction will help educators be ready. As we move beyond crisis management … Continue reading

June 3, 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

The World Beyond the Coronavirus…

Wise words via my friend Pirjo Suhonen on education beyond Coronavirus… When the covid-19 pandemic passes and the world opens up again, we should redesign our schools using the best … Continue reading

April 22, 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

The bliss of a good book review: Future Proof Your School reviewed by UKEd Chat

I would have to declare myself well satisfied with this review of my book, Future Proof Your School which appeared in UKEd Chat. It is very gratifying to see that … Continue reading

April 5, 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

During Coronavirus, a Teacher Describes the Scramble to Go Digital | Edutopia

In Bergen County, New Jersey, just outside New York City, a school closure pushes teachers to confront the challenges of online learning. At the end of school two days ago, I … Continue reading

March 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Bad local transport linked to failing schools | BBC News

There is a striking overlap between places in England with slow public transport and places with struggling secondary schools, say researchers at SchoolDash. Instead of only looking at education data, … Continue reading

March 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus: Schools told no delays so far to exams | BBC News

The exam watchdog, responding to concerns about coronavirus, is telling schools in England to keep preparing as usual for the summer exam season. Ofqual says it is working with exam … Continue reading

March 3, 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

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

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

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

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

The Retreat into Managerialism – Data in Schools

An interesting article by Rebecca Allen about the use, misuse and misinterpretation of data in schools: When the going gets tough, schools make data | FFT Education Datalab Download the … Continue reading

December 18, 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

How to write an educational book: Future Proof Your School by David Hughes

I’m writing this, conscious that there are many teachers out there keen to write their own books on the improvement of learning in schools. Working with Julia and Di at … Continue reading

November 22, 2019 · 4 Comments

Good grades and a desk ‘key for university hopes’ | BBC News

Having a desk to work at, good grades and high expectations from parents, as well as being happy at school, are key factors in encouraging children to go on to … Continue reading

November 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Teacher Workload: A crisis which can only be solved with new thinking

There has always been a crisis over teacher workload in British schools. When I began my teaching career it was related to marking. The assumption that you would keep on … Continue reading

November 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

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