Defibrillating your Schemata: The most important thing this delegate learned at #CurriculumEd2019.

If unsure where to begin, start with Clare Sealy. Her lucid presentation on schemata is probably the best way to organise the sensory and cognitive overload of yesterday’s sun-blessed #CurriculumEd2019: In my case, experiential knowledge.... read on. Whether the organisers’ genuine commitment filtered through to every corner of the site or 800-years-plus of intellectual and... Continue Reading →

Participatory Budgeting in Schools#7: In the bright light of Rosenshine

Something as true-to-life as Participatory Budgeting in schools will invariably need to include some Project-Based Learning components across multiple work-groups simultaneously - So, how does that measure up to Barak Rosenshine's principles of instruction? Here's a take on how Cooperative Learning helps us cut through that discussion, using Tom Sherrington's booklet. On 20 May this... 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 →

Does the grass need to be flattened?

An interlude: I never reblog, but I cannot myself present a more timely and compelling argument for Co-Creative Conversation than @GroundEd has done here. “Maybe what we need to display more of is compassion. We need to change our mindset about right/wrong, black/white and open ourselves up to the grey.” Never has grey seemed so colourful. Thank you.


These bastards stole their power from the victims of the Us v.
Them years, wrecking all things virtuous and true.
The undermining social democratic downhill slide into abysmal
Lost lamb off the precipice into the trickle down runoff pool.

Ignoreland – R.E.M.

As the OGAT scandal rumbles on through the twittersphere, polarising debate from the #ZeroTolerance lovers and haters, it would seem that we are in the midst of yet another round of Us v Them debates.  The unwillingness to debate the actual issues, whether through ideological or other lenses, seems to just make it acceptable to sneer from whatever side of the debate you sit.

However is this indicative of the greater issues in English education right now?  Are we being pre-programmed to sit on a particular side of a debate; “Whoever is not with Me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me scatters” as Jesus reportedly…

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Participatory Budgeting in Schools#3: First baby-steps.

This is the first in a new series of one-minute reads on the outcomes of Monday’s workshop Empowering KS2-5 Learners through Participatory Budgeting: How do we up-skill learners to generate, present and vote for proposals on how to best spend a slice of the school budget? (And meet an endless range of curriculum objectives in... 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 →

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