The Learning Renaissance

Some Vital Neuroscientific Information For the Classroom

Here’s a thought… in planning learning, what if the structure of the lesson was based not on Into, Body, Plenary or some such structure, and instead aimed to achieve that … Continue reading

May 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Neurodiversity and Stimming

I must admit that the term that the term ‘stimming’ was a new one to me, although once it was laid out in this graphic I recognised the typical behaviours … Continue reading

April 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Shape of Disability

April 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

Autism and Employment Opportunities

A subject close to my heart here… For people with autism, the transition from school to employment may be a very difficult one. School is so often a very difficult … Continue reading

August 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Behaviour Management: Looking Below the Surface and Acting the Adult

If classroom management is seen in essentially adversarial terms, then learning will be the first casualty. The desire of the teacher to impose their will on a class of thirty … Continue reading

September 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Autism and Insight

September 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Appreciating Autism and the Spectrum

I’ve always had difficulty explaining many ideas in terms of a line which ends as a pair of poles. Life, history and autism is usually more complicated than that. I’ve … Continue reading

August 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

DIY Ways to Meet a Child’s Sensory Needs at Home | Edutopia

Occupational therapists and trauma-informed teachers weigh in on how to create sensory tools and spaces with what you have at home. The coronavirus pandemic has upended all students’ day-to-day routines, … Continue reading

April 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Recognising the Obvious in Reading!

When the curriculum is one dominated by knowledge transmission, an inordinate stress is placed on the literacy levels generally and the reading level in particular of pupils. This is so … Continue reading

March 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Common Courtesy… Or Supporting a Neurodiverse Person?

Some more clear thinking from Professor Amanda Kirby on the issue of supporting neurodiverse people in your school or company. Nothing revolutionary here, simple a rational and consistent approach to … Continue reading

February 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Template for Neurodiversity

Professor Amanda Kirby again makes the complex understandable in her chart of the common neuro-diverse conditions and how they impinge on each other. I consider reflection on this chart would … Continue reading

February 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Homework… What is it Good For? Absolutely Nothing!

The issue of homework has been a thorn in my side since I started teaching. The standard thinking is that it develops independent learning skills, extends the work  of the … Continue reading

February 7, 2020 · 2 Comments

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

Tomatis: Linking Sound Processing and Learning

I have become very interested in the work of Charlotte Davies in the field of Tomatis research. It is only in the last year that this significant aspect of learning … Continue reading

January 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Learning Technologies and How to Develop and Deploy Them: Changing the Paradigm

I generally take a sceptical view of educational technology because the implementers tend to want to shoe-horn in new technologies without going to the trouble of the professional development required … Continue reading

January 24, 2020 · Leave a 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

Thought For The Day: Accommodating Difference

This from Manjula Raman, CEO Evangelist CHIEF KNOWLEDGE OFFICER AND PEDAGOGIST: This picture was drawn by an autistic kid and her buddy with the caption I want to fly i … Continue reading

December 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Children with Sensory Disorders – The Signs Are There If We Look Closely

Children with sensory disorders exhibit consistent patterns of behaviours. As teachers we may not observe the pattern or join the dots of the behaviour into a pattern. Thanks again to … Continue reading

December 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

School/Parent Relations and SEND Pupils

The relationship between schools and parents can be a fraught one. It is often characterised by an arm’s length relationship, which exacerbates when the child enters secondary school and the … Continue reading

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Labelling Learners: The Effects, Intended and Unintended

I am again indebted to Professor Amanda Kirby and Dr Mary Cleaton of Do-It Solutions for this really clear exposition of the pros and cons of labelling in the field … Continue reading

November 27, 2019 · 2 Comments

Thought For The Day: One That Stands Regular Repetition

November 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Commoditising Children: The link between exclusion and social ills as reported by Barnardo’s

One of the by products of the move to academisation in England has been the growth in the number of students at risk of, or experiencing exclusion. Prior to the … Continue reading

October 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

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