What’s your story? 5 ways to make your start of term keynotes memorable

In June 2011 Steve Jobs gave his last keynote. He looked frail, gaunt, his voice breaking into a barely concealed cough as he introduced the world to iCloud. Yet he still managed to tell a compelling story, outlining the growing problem of syncing content across devices before showing how iCloud was the solution. It was [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]