Leadership Briefing is a weekly online summary of all that’s new and relevant to education, linked to original source documents that can be downloaded or viewed on screen, and available to everyone in your school leadership team. The briefings here give a sample of what’s on offer.
Working within a collaborative structure, such as a MAT or some other alliance, is becoming more and more common in the UK, and the leadership required is different than for individual schools. David Middlewood, Ian Abbott and Sue Robinson show how a willingness to learn from each other can help school leaders thrive in these new partnerships.
Intelligent textbooks empower students to be at the centre of their learning and to create better communication flow between learners and teachers. Karin Bjerde shows how Box Hill School is benefitting from their implementation.
According to leading analyst, Gartner, £19bn is expected to be spent globally on educational technology by 2019. But will our children be better prepared to succeed in the future? Will they possess the necessary skills to thrive in an even more digitalised world?
Across the education spectrum, we are engaging in broad discussions about
what the future of education can and should look like. As educational planners and architects, we collaborate with schools, organizations and the community asking tough questions and collectively rethinking the future of teaching and learning. The topic of educational change - whether it be new math, teaching cursive, or how many books to keep in the library - seems to reoccur. How can we find a way forward without losing what was so valuable and successful in the past? Brad Leeper and Kerry Weig of INVISION explain.
Changing classrooms to learning landscapes – Rosan Bosch Studio’s work can be found the world over. What is it that makes their designs so recognisable?
Ten things you should give up in 2018 for the sake of learning
The University of Melbourne took to the road to establish what, worldwide, we’re discovering about innovative learning environments.
Dani Martin, Chair of the Western Australia Chapter of Learning Environments Australasia tells us what she found interesting at the latest A4LE conference in Singapore.
What do you do when you want students to develop work-ready skills? Three schools, all of whom worked with FGM Architects, created vocational spaces right in the heart of their schools, involving local businesses along the way.
Vocational education is often required to make do with more or less adapted standard classrooms or lo-tech practical workrooms. In the first of two articles on the movement to modernize and upgrade vocational education and the serviceability of its space design, Paul Hutton reports on a very challenging project in the American West.
How the design of a new primary school in Scotland is helping feed the brain.
Providers are divided over how effective technology is in the early years. Elpida Ahtaridou and Dr. Sue Bodman cite the research to propose a way forward.
Northern Beaches Christian School in Sydney is fast gathering a global reputation for truly recognising how innovative learning spaces can support changing teaching practices. We asked Anne Knock of the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning to explain how they got to where they are.
One of A4LE UK’s executive directors, Terry White, recently visited a school in South London that proved occupying an old Victorian Board School is no barrier to creating fantastically creative and supportive spaces in which large groups of students gather together to learn. The school was granted Teaching School Status by the National College in 2014. Here he explains what he saw there and details what he feels was important in making their vision a reality.
Albemarle County in the American state of Virginia has seen trans-formative changes in how their schools have been designed over the past few years under the stewardship of Superintendent Pam Moran and guidance of Ira Socol. Here they outline what prompted them to relook at how their school buildings were designed, and some of the initiatives they have undertaken.
In 2009 a group of parents from the Wapping, Shadwell and Limehouse districts of East London got together to talk about the secondary education provision within their community. Even though Wapping had been an admissions priority area for over ten years, theirs was a part of the borough where single-sex post-eleven education remained the norm and the demographic had led to many local schools becoming stratified along lines of both gender and ethnicity.
This was the vision for the site overlooking Plymouth Sound, articulated by the then Principal Helen Mathieson when we first met in December 2011.