Category Archives: Education

Hornets, Slugs, Bees and Butterflies: not-to-do lists and the workload relief revolution

How can we as school leaders support teachers and staff? How can we as teachers and staff best support each other as colleagues and allies?  Nothing matters more than people in schools, and each other. One of the most scarce … Continue reading

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The great brain battles in learning

Knowing our brains’ struggles can help us learn, and help others learn.  Classrooms: ‘It’s only a wasp! Ignore it!’ [uproar] ‘Got it, everyone? All clear?’ [tumbleweed] “Great!”  ‘You should know this! We only did it last week!!’ [blank looks] Staffrooms: … Continue reading

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What’s the point in school?

Why are we here? What’s the point in school?  Both kids and adults in schools from time to time tend to wonder…  Teachers, school leaders and parents when in schools rarely have the headspace to think to ourselves, or to … Continue reading

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What are the problems we are trying to solve?

As school leaders, what are the problems that we can best focus our thinking and action on? What are the most useful questions to ask together? ***   School strategy problems: how can we make our school improvement efforts cohere?  … Continue reading

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Golden needles in a haystack: Assessment CPD trove #4

School leaders and teachers are strapped for time.  What is the best free, fast, flexible CPD out there on assessment? What can we read that has the highest impact in the least time? There are no silver bullets, but here … Continue reading

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Implementation as learning: 24 questions to ask

Implementation is everything. Or is it? True, strategy without implementation doesn’t get done.  But implementation without good strategy gets the wrong things done.  No one could blame the soldiers on the Somme for not implementing their mission. They charged the … Continue reading

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The wicked problem of learning

Sometimes we are so deep in an orthodoxy we cannot see it. In their new book, Becky Allen, Matthew Evans and Ben White give us ways to question how we see and think about our schools.  They combine a visit … Continue reading

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What was asked at ResearchEd Surrey?

ResearchEd is one of the most exciting developments in teaching in the last ten years. Teachers and school leaders are now asking questions that cut to the core of how we can improve education. The sharing, passion, generosity and collegiality … Continue reading

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Taking feedback well

As school leaders, we need feedback from staff on how things are going; we can’t be present in that many hotspots, CPD sessions, lessons or conversations. But it’s hard for staff to be fully honest when their jobs, livelihoods and … Continue reading

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Honest upward feedback

Staff don’t often tell school leaders what they truly think about what matters most.. Why does seeking honest upward feedback from staff matter? Being ignored is demotivating. We want staff to be able to share their struggles and mistakes without … Continue reading

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