The Learning Renaissance

Thought For The Day: The Premise of Progress

September 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Planning a Better Future with Fabienne Vailes

Another week, another great conversation with an educator passionate about change in education and learning. Fabienne Vailes has experience of education in most of its phases and can see clearly … Continue reading

July 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Michael Rosen Rejects Data-led Learning

You know your curriculum is in trouble when even poets are taking up pens against it… Here poet and author Michael Rosen deplores the direction of the reductionist school curriculum.  … Continue reading

June 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

I Did. You Can: The Phil Crompton Interviews

I was both flattered and inspired to be asked by my old friend, Phil Crompton to take part in his series of interviews with people he considered to be ‘movers … Continue reading

June 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

I Did. You Can. A Podcast with Phil Crompton

I had always expected to have a linear career as an educational professional aspiring to lead my own school, which I did. However, forces beyond my control then took over … Continue reading

May 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Sir Ken Robinson on Creative Leadership

Is is not data richness but relationship richness that defines an effective school. We forget this at our peril. It takes vision to give the data detritus the time it … Continue reading

May 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Leader You Most Admired and Should Aspire to Emulate

I imagine we will all recognise the qualities of great leaders in this infographic. I find many of these qualities apply not to the brash and narcissistic examples of leadership … Continue reading

April 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Shape of Things to Come…

If anything summed up the attitude to education/learning development of the Learning Renaissance team, it is this infographic. However, it should be qualified. There are, in fact, no times of … Continue reading

April 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline

I found this infographic chilling in the starkness with which it presents a common picture that readers in the US and the UK would recognise. Whilst the education system is … Continue reading

April 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Sir Ken Robinson’s Legacy Continues

Probably the most influential educator of recent generations, Sir Ken Robinson inspired many with his wise words delivered with humour and insight. Do Schools Kill Creativity is still the most-watched … Continue reading

April 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: A Reminder of What Really Matters in Life

April 5, 2022 · Leave a comment

Smacking in Wales Becomes Illegal | BBC News

Smacking children has recently been made illegal in Wales. I’m very pleased to hear this, although it might take a generation for the culture to catch up with the legislation. … Continue reading

April 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

What Motivates You? An Opportunity to Reflect…

My good friend Phil Crompton recently gave me the opportunity in a podcast interview to reflect on my motivation as one of his I did. You can. series. Such an … Continue reading

February 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Humanity

This is what happens when inhumanity is undertaken on an industrial scale for an ideological end. As a child in the sixties, I had the firm belief that if I … Continue reading

February 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

Shifting Directions in Learning and Schools

When he was the Chief Education Officer of Birmingham Local Authority, Tim Brighouse often used to say that he would willingly give up control of pupils once they reached secondary … Continue reading

February 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School: Intelligence Report 2: Understanding School Culture and Building it Into Your Improvement Strategy

In its simplest form, culture can be defined as ‘the way we do things round here’. It is a foolish school leader who fails to factor school culture into improvement … Continue reading

February 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

Formative Parenting Means Not Always Being Right

There is great mythology about parenting, and teaching for that matter. Unfortunately, once you put people in a role of responsibility, they assume that they must act infallibly. That is … Continue reading

February 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Maintaining a Commitment to Staff Development Even During the Most Difficult Times

Thanks to Ross Morrison McGill’s TeacherToolkit for providing this latest iteration of developing the potential of employees/learners. I first came across this graphic when involved with the National School Improvement … Continue reading

January 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

Four Dimensions of Learning

Thanks to Tonya Gilchrist for sharing this timely reminder created by Tanmay Vora about the significant dimensions of learning.

January 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Value of Dogs, and Animals Generally, in Promoting Mental Health

I smiled when I saw this image appear on site. Five and a half years ago we made what was the boldest and best investment ever… in our golden Labrador, … Continue reading

January 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

As Christmas Draws Near…

The simplest things are often the most effective, and tired and frazzled teachers sometimes lose sight of this. Have a successful end to your term and a restful and happy … Continue reading

December 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

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

December 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Habits and Happiness

I’m often suspicious of those writers who have boxed success into a pithy formula, particularly when it encompasses a number of habits. Too often the habits are descriptive and the … Continue reading

November 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

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

Developing Your Teams

Your staff are the most valuable asset in securing the best futures for your pupils. They need to be valued, consulted and developed by mentors. These things must happen not … Continue reading

November 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

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