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 [...]

One key question all leaders should ask themselves

In his seminal book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki explains the importance of growing your asset base whilst shrinking your liabilities. The middle-class convention, he says, is to burden ourselves with liabilities which deplete our income and leave us little left at the end of each month. A house with a mortgage is not [...]

The Power of Stories

My morning commute has recently changed: until a few weeks ago I'd spend an hour every morning crawling through Brighton traffic. A new role, working as the Education Development Trust's Independent Schools Director, meant a move. And the move means that, for the first time in my working life, I'm able to walk to work. [...]

The best way to disseminate screencasts?

I'm wondering about the best way to disseminate screencast lessons. I'm using iTunes U, but of course this is limited to either desktops, laptops, or iOS. To get screencasts out to non iOS there is Youtube, but is there anything out there which enables students to register and be able to download lessons to their [...]