The Learning Renaissance

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

Ofsted: 1010 ‘outstanding’ schools not inspected for a decade | BBC News

One in 20 children in England is in a school that has not been inspected for more than 10 years, the BBC has found. Analysis of official data revealed 24 … Continue reading

October 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Pyramid of Learning – Sensory Integration

When people, particularly politicians, speak of learning related to schools, they adopt a very narrow definition of learning. Essentially they talking about curriculum, and that is effectively about the content … Continue reading

September 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Empowering Students to Curb Bullying | Edutopia

Standing up to bullying can be frightening, but students can use these low-risk strategies to support peers who are bullied. Read the article here: Empowering Students to Curb Bullying | … Continue reading

September 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

7 Back to School Tips for Teachers | ThoughtCo

Going back to school after summer break can be exciting, nerve-racking, and hectic for teachers. It may be the most important time of the year. Read the article here: 7 … Continue reading

September 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips for New Teachers | Edutopia

New teachers — and experienced ones too — can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins. In the 1950s, psychologists Jacob Kounin and Paul Gump … Continue reading

September 4, 2019 · 2 Comments

Half of parents ‘want mobile phones banned in schools’ | BBC News

Just under half of UK parents, 49%, think their child’s school should ban mobile phones, a survey by price comparison site uSwitch suggests. Read the full story on the BBC … Continue reading

September 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Neurodiversity in the workplace | ACAS

Neurodiversity is a relatively new term that many people may not yet know much about. However, learning more about neurodiversity and taking steps to better support it in workplaces can … Continue reading

August 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Why gaming is coming to this school’s curriculum | BBC News

Newsbeat has been to visit the first school in the UK to introduce gaming into its curriculum. See the full story here: Why gaming is coming to this school’s curriculum … Continue reading

August 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Reluctant Adopters and Technology Initiatives | Edutopia

Addressing the valid concerns teachers have about new tech tools helps them accept change and builds positive relationships. When school leaders decide to start a new technology project—whether it’s a small … Continue reading

July 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Designing a school curriculum | Ac-Ed

Originally posted on ace-d:
The school curriculum has many masters, and whilst we think in subjects, few options. We need to rethink our approach and it starts with developing a…

July 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Child mental health unit referrals ‘up nearly 50%’ | BBC News

Referrals to child mental health units from UK primary schools for pupils aged 11 and under have risen by nearly 50% in three years, the BBC has learned. Replies to … Continue reading

July 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Flexible Classrooms: Research Is Scarce, But Promising | Edutopia

An ambitious study of 153 classrooms in the United Kingdom provides the best evidence that flexible spaces can boost academic performance. Read the full article here: Flexible Classrooms: Research Is … Continue reading

July 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

7 Outstanding K–8 Flexible Classrooms | Edutopia

K–8 educators from across America provide a peek at their classrooms—and explain how they managed the transformations. See the full article here: 7 Outstanding K–8 Flexible Classrooms | Edutopia

July 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Reflections on Shifting to a Flexible Classroom | Edutopia

A middle school teacher shares the benefits of giving students voice and choice in their learning environment. Read the full article here: Reflections on Shifting to a Flexible Classroom | Edutopia

July 17, 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

DfE Teacher Recruitment and Retention Policy… Some Wishful Thinking

This is how the DfE in England hopes to solve the recruitment and retention crisis in English schools … is it too little, is it too late, does it even … Continue reading

July 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

School bans students from saying ‘like’ to improve speaking skills | CBBC Newsround

A school in West Yorkshire has banned students from using the word ‘like’ during conversations in order to improve speaking skills. Single-word answers such as ‘good’, ‘nice’ and ‘sad’ have … Continue reading

June 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

Ofsted sounds warning over outstanding schools | BBC News

Ofsted has called for the resumption of routine checks on outstanding schools, after 80% of those it re-inspected due to specific issues were downgraded. England’s schools standards watchdog re-inspected 305 … 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

Re-Examining Success

Artwork for the second of my books for Critical Publishing now complete… now just have to complete the writing!

June 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

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