Archive | December, 2016

Building Sentences – A Structured Approach

23 Dec

The Learning Renaissance

Having students understand the impact of their words is fundamental to enabling them to become great communicators. By deconstructing the task you can rebuild powerful sentences that achieve their purpose.

This little sentence planner fits the bill…

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Depression Explained – A Primer for Teachers and Students

21 Dec

The Learning Renaissance

This animation gives some valuable insights into depression and recognising the symptoms.

Via: What Is Depression? Let This Animation With A Dog Shed Light On It |

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Needs-Based Learning, by John D’Souza

19 Dec

The Learning Renaissance


John D’Souza certainly seems to have struck a chord with his series of provocative articles on the potential of different approaches to learning:

Needs-Based Learning

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Children of ‘just managing families left out by grammars’ | BBC News

13 Dec

The Learning Renaissance

Lack of access to grammar schools is not confined to the poorest children, those from “just managing” families are also left out, research suggests.

“There is a strong indication that families on below average earnings are not being helped by the current grammar school system,” said the Sutton Trust.

Grammar schools in England should not expand until the government can ensure fair admissions, the charity argues.

Ministers said their plans would address these issues.

Read the full story on the BBC website: Children of ‘just managing families left out by grammars’ | BBC News

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Big Questions 1. Assessment

12 Dec

The first in this series on Big Questions, explores some aspects of assessment.  I’ve explored this issue extensively in some previous posts that might be worth revisiting for additional cont…

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Cooperative Schools: A Way Ahead?

12 Dec

The Learning Renaissance

Haywood Academy in Burslem, Staffordshire, is one of 74 co-operative academies. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian Haywood Academy in Burslem, Staffordshire, is one of 74 co-operative academies. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

In England, the Tory government has, for the last six years, been pursuing a policy of the privatisation of education through its Academies programme. This took a policy of the previous Labour administration designed to fast track resources into the most vulnerable schools, and repurposed it as the vehicle to transfer educational assets into the private sector. There was no evidence that this was a positive, evidence-based programme, it was determined by right-wing dogma, which always assumes that privatisation is good and public ownership is bad.

The evidence on the performance of Academies, and the Multi Academy Trusts which run them, suggests that they perform no better than state-controlled schools, and that there have been many examples of malfeasance and down right criminal behaviour in the financial affairs of significant numbers of trusts…

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Expect Massive Changes to Inspection

5 Dec

When presenting I tend to be either meticulously well organised or go for a shoot from the hip, speak from the heart, wing it on the day kind of approach.  Speaking at the Headteachers’ Roundtable …

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