A piece of cake: Stuart Kime on baking your own research network

A summary and commentary on the full-day event "Implementation and Evaluation" with Stuart Kime from Evidence Based Education at Abbey Conference Centre, 17 September 2018, brought to us by Norwich Research School. This article naturally follows Stuart’s Cake; getting more out of your CPD through Implementation & Evaluation on the precursor event in May, which discusses the... Continue Reading →

Seven-league boots; next steps for Cooperative Learning in 2018-19

"The best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour," goes a saying in pop psychology.  If this is true, things are well and truly looking good for Cooperative Learning in the coming academic year.   This article outlines some of my upcoming projects, including SSIF spin-offs, the necessity of separating "Cooperative Learning" from "group work," a... Continue Reading →

What *isn’t* Cooperative Learning; a guided meditation featuring PIES.

Guided meditation is a brilliant way to embed those absolutely essential messages. If you will indulge me, I will now share a teaching method that has nothing to do with Cooperative Learning. Although this specific example of a guided meditation was presented to adults at Wednesday's inspiring get-together (#IgniteTM) courtesy of Ormiston Venture Academy (@OrmistonVenture) it... Continue Reading →

Reading together; Better lives through books; a commentary on Jon Biddle’s NRSN twilight

This week I had the good fortune of attending Jon Biddle’s session Reading for Pleasure, yet another gem brought to us by the Norwich Research Leads Network. (See articles on previous #NorRel presentations by Roger Higgins and Stuart Kime). The organisers had given Andrew Howard and I the opportunity to precede Jon’s session with an ultra-compressed... Continue Reading →

How Cooperative Learning makes CPD effective; a commentary on Roger Higgin’s NRSN twilight

If teaching and learning is the raison d'etre of everything else, empowering teachers through professional development must be given top priority. This article explores last week's Norwich Research Schools Network event An Introduction to Making CPD Effective presented by Roger Higgins and Tom Pinnington of Notre Dame High School. A brief interlude: What is the Research Schools Network?... Continue Reading →

On the Subject of Social Skills#2; Cooperative Learning … and why bad boys love school

Teachers often ask me if Cooperative Learning isn't only relevant in classes which already function socially. The answer is a firm no. On the contrary, Cooperative Learning is specifically a solution to any social problems found within the class. For this very reason, schools with a high level of behaviour issues often stand to benefit... Continue Reading →

Stuart’s Cake; getting more out of your CPD through Implementation & Evaluation

Sir Kevan Collins, CEO of the Education Endowment Foundation recently argued that “If you’re not using evidence to inform your decisions, you must be using prejudice.” But how, as a school leader, do you know which evidence to use in your context? How do you evaluate its impact? And how can you ensure that it... Continue Reading →

A guide to the “Guide”; The overlooked Cooperative Learning resource

The "CLIP reflection & coaching guide for teachers & TAs" has been included in CPD packs almost as an afterthought since my work with Norwich Primary Academy. However, I have never myself had the opportunity to witness its true power in the hands of two teachers speaking to each other. * includes a link to a... Continue Reading →

So far, so Good.

VNET headteachers David Oldham and Adam Mason were video interviewed respectively 15 and 25 days into their journey with Cooperative Learning.   “Like a lot of schools, we had a problem with very passive children...” - David Oldham, Headteacher at Drayton Junior School, 2017.   Watch now.   Head to head David Oldham of Drayton Junior and Adam... Continue Reading →

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