Weaponising test data

There was a time when international standardised tests like PISA and TIMMS were used to provide meaningful insights into the quality of learning and teaching across educational jurisdictions. Nowadays these tests have been turned into weapons that are often used to rank, judge and compare educational systems creating what British educationist Sir Michael Barber calls … More Weaponising test data

What leads my learning

I am consistently asked about my views on leadership and what makes a good educational leader. It seems the more we know about leadership, the less we actually understand. Personally, I avoid the temptation to list respond by giving just another list, which in my opinion, reduces leadership to a set of qualities that seem to … More What leads my learning

Personalised learning: not an optional preference

I heard a story recently about an English teacher using the class’s interest in sport to motivate and engage them in their lessons. The parent relaying this was so impressed by the ‘personalisation’ of learning. Many parents think that differentiating instruction for the class is the same as personalising learning for the child. In fact, … More Personalised learning: not an optional preference

The predispositions of school leadership

Much of the discussion at the recent uLead conference was on how we lead schools in today’s world. As you can imagine, there was a smorgasbord of opinions that yielded interesting discussion and important insights. The benefit of attending such conferences is that it often provokes and stimulates your own thinking as was the case when … More The predispositions of school leadership

Defining educational transformation

Almost a decade ago Ken Robinson was touting the idea of transforming education. Marketer and author, Seth Godin says transformation falls into the most difficult and most precious project category. Transformation in education is mercurial – ask ten different people and you’ll get ten different responses. I don’t necessarily think this is a negative but … More Defining educational transformation

Leading for the future

I have just completed the first part of my professional learning which involved participating in the Advanced Leadership Program (ALP) at the Judge Business School, Cambridge University. The ALP is an intensive three week aimed at exploring the challenges of leading for Organisational Change in to the future. It provides senior executives space to re-calibrate and … More Leading for the future

Why conservatism is failing students

I was interviewed for the Weekend Australia (23 September 2017) on a range of issues including the misuse of NAPLAN, the irrelevancy of the Higher School Certificate and the need for a more purposeful and personalised curriculum. Understandably, these views (which are not inconsistent with others championing educational change) were not given the thumbs up … More Why conservatism is failing students