Archive | July, 2017

Secondary school pupil numbers set for 19% rise by 2026 | BBC News

27 Jul

The Learning Renaissance

The number of pupils in England’s secondary schools is set to rise by almost a fifth within the next decade.Government figures show there are expected to be around half a million more secondary age children by 2026.

The increase is being fuelled by the baby boom of the early 2000s, which means growing numbers of pupils moving through the school system.

Overall pupil numbers are expected to increase by 654,000 (or 8.7%) to around 8.1m by 2026.

In secondary schools alone, the overall population is projected to reach around 3.3m in 2026, a 19.1% increase or around 534,000 more pupils.

Read the full story here: Secondary school pupil numbers set for 19% rise by 2026 | BBC News

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Learning Styles Myth Debunked

24 Jul

Thank goodness for that, I thought I was missing the point of highly paid SLT, learning leaders and bought-in advisors; I’m now dis-illusioned on this and many other educational strategies touted as ‘magic wands’ by ‘ex-spurts’

The Learning Renaissance

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Over a decade ago the idea that students exhibited learning styles was gaining ground. The underlying assumption was that students had a preferred learning style with might involve receiving written information or auditory or sensory stimuli. A number of consultants made a good living delivering INSET to staff which changed the ways in which the curriculum was delivered to individual children.

I was always sceptical of the concept of Learning Styles. It seemed pretty deterministic in its outlook.  I remember visiting a school which had invested heavily in the idea – each child had an exercise book which was colour coded to reflect their particular ‘learning style’ and the teacher was working overtime to try and ensure that the student received a learning stimulus in the particular format that applied to them.

Even had the idea that individual learning had preferred styles held water, was the idea to…

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How can we create great school ethos?

22 Jul

Joe Kirby's blog

Create a summer school with practice routines to automate good habits.


‘Habits are like a cable; we weave a strand every day, and soon it cannot be broken’.

Horace Mann, 1848


‘All our life is but a mass of habits’

William James, 1892


Ever since my Dad gave me a copy of Covey’s 7 Habits when I was 15, I’ve been fascinated in how habits work. I’ve found habits to be cyclical: at times, I’m in a good routine: get to sleep early, wake up early, do some exercise, feel a bit better all day, eat healthier; this leads to a positive spiral where I sleep better that night, wake up feeling better, go and do some more exercise – an upward spiral. At other times, I’m stuck in a rut; getting to sleep brutally late, waking up feeling sluggish, not feeling like exercising, eating unhealthily; this…

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The Disappearing Subjects

17 Jul

Source: The Disappearing Subjects

No Graded Lesson Obs, No EM Grades; New Hope? #rEDYork

10 Jul

Source: No Graded Lesson Obs, No EM Grades; New Hope? #rEDYork

School Exclusions: An Expensive Road to Failure

3 Jul

The Learning Renaissance

This is a sad report from my old Local Authority, Nottingham City, showing that the brutal tool of exclusions is still widely used as a way of deflecting student issues…

Almost 500 children have been permanently excluded from schools in Nottingham since 2012/13 – at a cost of £11.5m.

Figures released by Nottingham City Council show that 474 children were permanently excluded from city schools – both primary and secondary – between 2012/13 and 2016/17.

The cost of finding alternative provision for those children was £11.5m.

The figures show that 108 children – 22 primary-aged and 86 secondary-aged – were permanently excluded in 2016/17 at a cost of £2.6m.

The latest figures also show an increase in the number of exclusions – up dramatically from 39 in 2012/13.

The data has been released ahead of a meeting of the council’s Schools Forum at Loxley House on Thursday, June 22.


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Absences Matter and You Can Help

3 Jul


Talking at a number of conferences recently I’ve suggested that we’ve got to stop reinventing the wheel and use research wisely.  Research provides signposts towards what might work for us, based on what has worked elsewhere and to what extent.

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