The Learning Renaissance

The Teacher Recruitment and Retention Crisis

To an extent, there has always been a retention crisis in teaching. Traditionally, in the UK doing a post graduate certificate in education (PGCE) was almost a default setting for … Continue reading

November 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Great Teachers

November 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

You Are Not a Mathematician… You Are a Teacher of Maths!

I don’t know who Tavia Clark the librarian is, but she certainly shared a message that resonated with me. A number of times I’ve heard teachers introduce themselves as a … Continue reading

September 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Problem With Data

Daniel Sobel recently shared this poster in an interesting post regarding problems with data used in an educational context. It is all about the integrity of the data collection protocols. … Continue reading

July 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Characteristics of Sound Leadership from Ross Morrison McGill

Ross Morrison McGill can usually be relied upon to hit the hammer on the head when it comes to teaching and this diagram from 2016 just about covers the key … Continue reading

June 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Moving the Focus from Teaching to Learning…

Having taken part in a webinar this past weekend about education post-Covid19, I was pleased to see one of the themes of the conference, pupil agency and autonomy reflected in … Continue reading

June 8, 2020 · 1 Comment

The Perils of a Privatised Education System in England

Accountability and impropriety… it sounds like a Victorian novel. I’ve spoken before of the accountability issues of handing over vast swathes of the national educational estate to private Academy chains. … Continue reading

February 28, 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

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 Ofsted… and a potential way forward: Re-examining what we mean by success in schools

Two things that have happened in the last week have revealed the systemic failure of the Ofsted model of inspection. Firstly Mary Bousted published a damning article on the coming … Continue reading

January 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

UK PISA Results: Not Much Change, But Some Worrying Developments

This week’s release of the international comparative data on educational performance (PISA) revealed a marginal improvement in performance of UK schools in Maths, but otherwise no breakthroughs in teaching and … Continue reading

December 4, 2019 · 1 Comment

Initial Teacher Training reforms in the UK

It has been very pleasing to see Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector for Education, Amanda Spielman becoming more vocal about some of the detrimental practises in schools. Aspects such as ‘Off-rolling’ … Continue reading

November 20, 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

Active Listening

May 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

Coaching vs Training

I think that Continuous Professional Development for teachers is in as much of a state of malaise as the teacher in the classroom. The root cause in both circumstances is … Continue reading

May 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

How to Build an Effective School Improvement Specification

I’m often surprised by how senior leadership teams in schools begin a new project directly at the implementation phase. Bang! No prior consultations, no marshalling of internal resources to put … Continue reading

May 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

School Culture Development: A Primer For All Teachers Serious About Developing Excellence

One of the greatest challenges when writing Future Proof Your School was making issues which are commonly seen as the preserve only of senior leaders, accessible to all teachers. The … Continue reading

March 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Five Dimensions of Engaged Teaching

I began my teaching career, as so many do, thinking that mastery of subject knowledge was the foundation of my teaching! This infographic, from Michael McKnight, would have formed a … Continue reading

February 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

New Year Resolutions…what to bin to give yourself more creative space

We all start the New Year with strong resolutions in mind. We often find that they don’t last the first week back at school! Ross Morrison McGill of Teacher Toolkit … Continue reading

January 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Birmingham Commission for Children

I’ve recently been appointed as a Commissioner for the Children’s Society investigating the future shape of learning for the young people of Birmingham. Birmingham is an unusual city as it … Continue reading

June 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Questioning Techniques – Types of Questions

The opportunity to learn is only as good as the question posed… Discuss. Read more at ETML: Questioning Techniques – Types of Questions

June 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Learning Vortex: A More Comprehensive Approach to Securing Learning Gains from the Adoption of New Learning Technologies

Abstract of the paper by David Hughes FRSA (JLB Learning Innovation), published in the Barcelona Edulearn Conference (Edulearn13) This paper presents some suggestions as to how the time devoted to … Continue reading

October 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

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