A socialisation of children which can facilitate them becoming effective players in national and globally inter-connected economies is becoming ever more complex. PISA has recognised this with a new assessment on Cultural Competence. But what does this mean for schools?
Differentiation is a fabulous ‘buzz’ word, but with new technology we can differentiate in a more meaningful way to make challenging tasks fun and achievable
No school likes to think of themselves as racist. But subconscious bias and discrimination is playing a devastating role, argues Professor Paul Miller.
New guidance from the government is requiring school leadership and governors to be more active in supporting students with career advice and preparation. Glenys Hart’s analysis examines what needs to be covered in order to meet the new targets.
In the first of a series of seven articles, Rob Carpenter looks what real school improvement is and how important it is to stay focused on the real substance of education rather than pandering to the latest trends in accountability.
The key to successful leadership that really impacts learning outcomes lies in reflective practices. Peter Dudley outlines the skills and routines that the best leaders have in common.
The Joy of Not Knowing (JONK) approach has been proven to develop
a lifelong love of learning and intrinsic motivation in children. Now Marcelo Staricoff shows how it is enabling children to become leaders within a whole-school learning environment, which is allowing them to contribute in ways that were previously thought impossible.
In this article Peter Earley discusses notions of learning-centred leadership and
leadership for learning.1He explains why leadership for learning matters even more in high stakes accountability systems. He sets out some fundamental questions for professional development and lays down the challenge that learning should be at the heart of leadership development programmes, especially the National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).
It seems that virtually every school in the country is thinking about Mastery Learning, but, from recent conversations with school leaders,very few of them have a clear understanding of what mastery learning is, reports Heather Clements.
But it needs serious tutor training in communication and social skills, and in depth thinking about the learning process, as Rosalyn Mark reports on the findings of her school research project.
The strength of a child’s relationships with their parents is the bedrock upon which resilience is built. Research emerging Solihull is proving that a little help can go a long way.
Encouraging independent learning is, rightly, one of the mantras of progressive teaching and learning. But precious little thought has been given to how this can be supported by teachers, particularly to children used to being spoon fed by teachers rushing them through the syllabus. A key requirement is being very clear and realistic about the information gathering journey that the children are embarking upon. Andrew Shenton and Wendy Beautyman suggest a planning framework.
The only way to embed transformative learning is to create a whole-school culture of reflection. Despite the pressures on time, reflection is not a nice-to have luxury, but an absolute necessity, argues Professor Russell Grigg in the third of his thought-provoking series.
Rather than just address STEM teaching as discrete subjects, primary and secondary schools would do well embed it within an engineering curriculum focused on the problem-solving orientations of engineers, suggests Bill Lucas.
Texting parents is one big step beyond sending a letter home with the child, but technology is moving fast and apps are offering more secure and engaging routes, argues Geoff Jones.
Stephanie Rodgers recounts the seven pillars of wisdom that her school alliance has followed to transform teachers’ professionalism.
Assessment needs to be more responsive to the needs of learners, says Stephen Tierney.
A new approach to Learning to Learn has resulted in significant academic gains, especially among young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. James Mannion explains how.