Rethinking school leadership in the digital age

Being a Deputy Head is a tough job. They have neither the calm authority of the Principal (I know that calm is mostly acting) nor the ability to have a moan in the staff room. I remember my first day on the job, pulling a year 9 girl up for swearing at a teacher and [...]

Goal-Directed Learning: helping students find their own pathways to success

Most of us, if we are reading this, are in positions of trust. We have been through interviews, often rigorous, to select us as being the most suitable for our role, and as a result have a degree of authority delegated to us to enable us to fulfil our duties. We have KPIs, whether they [...]

3 things ed tech will (eventually) change in our schools, and 3 things it shouldn’t

Imagine that the time between the first UK government schools being set up (1833) and the present day is represented by a 24-hour clock. At what time do you think the internet and ed tech appeared? My back-of-fag-packet calculation puts the internet at 11.47pm and the iPad at 11.56pm. Is there any wonder why we’re [...]

Tackling the biggest problems in our schools: where to begin?

Education is in a tricky place across the world right now. Budgets are being squeezed, teachers are leaving in droves, and all the while the pressure increases to be more like Finland or Singapore, to get further up the PISA rankings, and to produce a flexible, creative workforce that can compete with the best in [...]

Revisiting the iPad in education: 4 years on

When I first began writing about the iPad in education, I remember being enthused and excited by what it had to offer within the 21st century classroom. As one of the first colleges in the country to go iPad 1:1, I knew Parkside 6th were breaking new ground, with all the stresses that entailed. We learnt as we [...]

iPad 1 to 1: Reflections on the first year

It only seems like the other day that we were anxiously awaiting the delivery of 100 iPad 2s, hoping that the various problems that befell their supply wouldn't mean us starting the year without. We'd very much promoted our new IB programme with innovative ways of teaching and learning through the iPad, and it was [...]

Are their brains changing?

Research into the brain's neuro-plasticity suggests that young people's brains are different from ours. For the first time since formal education began, we are dealing with a generation of learners who think differently from the way we do. Their visual memory and visual processing skills are now far more dominant than our own, which must [...]