Participatory Budgeting in Schools #10: Q&A with Sean Harford Pt.1

A big thank you to the National Director for taking the time to see me yesterday at Ofsted's Birmingham HQ, where he helped formulate the two key challenges to a Participatory Budgeting programme in schools. This is the answer to his first question on the puzzle of mapping PB to the curriculum. [4 minutes to read]... Continue Reading →

Knowledge Management: What business can offer education in the year of the Platypus

When it comes to knowledge and knowledge production, the education sector outguns Big Data and all traditional industries, combined. Here is a call for us to take ownership of that fact. Enter Knowledge Management. This week, I attended the ARK Group’s annual Knowledge Management Summit in London, eagerly attended by some of the largest corporations... Continue Reading →

April 4 workshop; Spacing & Retrieval Practice with Cooperative Learning

This workshop turns research published by Iowa State University earlier this year into practical activities that embed subject learning into long-term memory and connects discreet knowledge to context and application. [4 mins to read] I am presenting with Ed Dooley, Deputy Headteacher at Bluebell Primary School in Norwich and SSIF Maths project lead. Ed has extensive... 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 →

New head, fresh eyes; a critical outsider’s look at Cooperative Learning

At the start of this term, Mr Glenn Russell was appointed permanent head of Stalham Academy by Rightforsuccess Trust. In the week before summer holidays, Mr Russell gave a critical and qualified appraisal of Cooperative Learning at Stalham Academy. Please scroll to bottom of page to see a list of one-minute extracts. Since the school converted to academy status... Continue Reading →

Islam Awareness Week special event: “Islam in RE” in Norwich

Special offer: I am very pleased to announce  that private sponsors of the Islam Awareness Week 2015 programme at Ihsan Mosque has made it possible to make “Islam in RE: Religious Literacy & Controversy Through Enquiry” available to teachers at only £75.  . You school saves £125 on this £200 course, recently presented as a part of the PGCE students programme at the... Continue Reading →

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