Eons ago (in 2019), Cooperative Learning was being embraced by schools as a cost-effective way to improve academic performance and social skills that effortlessly operationalised the key themes found in the new Inspection Framework. However, the pandemic has added entirely new levels of value and utility, and some degree of urgency, to the adoption of... Continue Reading →
Be a part of the book: “Beginners Guide to Cooperative Learning”
Andrew Howard and I are inviting colleagues to comment and advise on the first draft manuscript of our book "The Beginners Guide to Cooperative Learning." "Beginners Guide to Cooperative Learning" is not for academics but a manual for real teachers facing hands-on challenges. As is clear in last week's article, Expecting the Inspection, teachers using Cooperative... 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: Guided Meditation. Although this specific example was presented to adults at an Ignite teachmeet (#IgniteTM) in Great Yarmouth, it will help your pupils... 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 only recently 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 →
How to NOT benefit from a visit to Stalham Academy; a warning to desperate heads
I am very happy that so many have taken an interest in the success of schools I have worked with. I am less happy to find that some visitors have disregarded the context of that success. Stalham Academy has recently issued a disclaimer email to schools whose staff have visited them following the Regional Schools... Continue Reading →
Making best use of … Leadership; Coaching & Cooperative Learning.
...lesson observations are often draining because outcomes seldom match the effort; observations often result in vague hints which are seldom followed up, rather than instantly applicable advice that actually improves life for teachers and pupils from the next day and onwards. Enter Cooperative Learning.
ASE London #1: Out of the Question …
It was a pleasure to attend yesterday's Association of Science Education's London and Essex Summer Conference "Supporting Learning for all in Science" at the Institute of Education, London. For someone like me, whose method deliberately targets achievement gaps, the title alone made coming irresistible. A special thank you to Sheila of ASE, who virtually singlehandedly... Continue Reading →
Trusted partners: VNET/Werdelin present a Hands-on Introduction to CL
I am very proud of being accepted as a trusted partner of VNET due to their dedication to empower schools through bespoke programmes that reflect their needs...
Webinar Summary Part #2; Special Measures to Top-500
This is the first of several themed recordings from the webinar “Special Measures to Top-500 with Cooperative Learning.”