Knowledge Management#3: Sir David on why the Common Good means Outstanding

At Norwich Research School's unmissable Slow-Burn Leadership conference at University of East Anglia, Sir David Carter's speech was ostensibly on "effective collaboration and system leadership in East Anglia." In reality, he spoke of ethical leadership, cultural shifts and courage. As such, he precisely mirrored the points made by big guns in business at the Knowledge... Continue Reading →

Participatory Budgeting in Schools#6: “Participatory-Project-Learning-Thingie…?” – The counter-kerfuffle

For reasons outlined in the previous post on the shortcomings of EduTwitter, I am convinced that only by meeting in the controlled and safe environment of a Co-creative Conversation can antagonists successfully meet across the troubled waters of the education debate. [ 1-minute read ] With this in mind, Shared Future and I were quite... Continue Reading →

Co-Creative Conversation deconstructed: Comfy Café or outcome-driven classroom?

Deductive or Inductive? Freedom or control? More facilitator intervention, or less? Lessons learnt during the first Co-Creative Conversation on student engagement at University of Roehampton's Business School. Thank you, all delegates. [5 min read] Conversation as an end in itself The Knowledge or "World" Café originally envisaged by Juanita Brown in 1995 has since been... Continue Reading →

Cooperative Knowledge Café; A Co-Creative Conversation on student engagement

Tomorrow I am pleased to present my first tailored Co-Creative Conversation to lecturers at University of Roehampton's Business School. [3 min read] These days the higher education sector is full of talk about increasing student engagement. Everyone agrees that Generation Z, who are the real digital natives, see the world a little differently and have... Continue Reading →

The VNET Curriculum Conference beyond the What & the How #1

Ofsted's lead researcher. A unicorn in red. An inclusion specialist off his meds. A flute playing chemistry professor. A grand old man. Some philosopher-CEOs. And a teacher with digital traction in New York, Tyne & Wear. What do they have in common? Well, aside from the fact that they spoke at Friday's VNET Curriculum Conference? I personally felt... Continue Reading →

Ofsted & The Co-Creative conversation

No public body seems more hated and reviled by its stakeholders than Ofsted. And the vitriolic twitter comments on last week's well-being survey are nursery rhymes compared to the language used in private. Because education profoundly effects our lives from, well, EYFS to the grave, Ofsted's work should be defined by its commitment to transparency,... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on CPD accreditation #1; Consultation or Conversation?

The Chartered College of Teaching's new CPD Quality Assurance project is a one-shot-only opportunity to get everyone talking effectively. This article is a call to increase stakeholder involvement. [3 minutes to read] As a teacher trainer, I have a vested interest in any initiative around CPD accreditation and I was very pleased to receive an invitation to... Continue Reading →

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