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 … Continue reading Rethinking school leadership in the digital age
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 … Continue reading Goal-Directed Learning: helping students find their own pathways to success
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 … Continue reading 3 things ed tech will (eventually) change in our schools, and 3 things it shouldn’t
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 … Continue reading Tackling the biggest problems in our schools: where to begin?
In my roles as both teacher of English and head of teaching and learning at at federation of schools in Cambridge UK, I have become more and more aware of how the internet and digital tools like the iPad have created a new space in which to learn. We should now think of this as … Continue reading The internet as a third space for learning