The most effective relationships are built on mutual respect and trust. According to John Hattie in Visible Learning, when respect, trust, care and cooperation are present, it creates an environment where errors are ‘not only tolerated, but also welcomed.’ It’s a theme that runs through Stephen Covey’s best-seller, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, in particular … More Are schools aiming for a win-win?
I attended a summit in Sydney last week where representatives of some of the biggest companies and brands spoke: Disney, Atlassian, Uber and Qualtrics. What unites each of these organisations is an unrelenting focus on the ‘people experience’. Customer and employee satisfaction drives everything and it is what propels them to reach new heights. The … More Speak less, listen more
As an election pledge, Labor announced in February and then re-announced last week that it would establish a ‘National Principals’ Academy’ in an effort to have ‘the best school system in the world’. While there are a whole range of issues here that need to be addressed, we always welcome greater focus on the important … More It takes a village, not an academy to teach a child
The move to have early learning centres attached to primary schools is a response to the research showing the positive impact quality early learning has on students’ academic and life outcomes. Here in Western Sydney, the demand for new schools is increasing as the population grows. This challenges us to think about how we provision … More What is pre to post schooling?
Just as the industrial revolution ushered in a mass model of schooling, the digital revolution is forcing us to rethink schooling for today’s world. The biggest difference now is the rapid pace of change, which means the gap between school, society and technology is growing ever-wider. The call to radically transform schooling is being met … More What does educational transformation mean?
Not long ago, the principal of a large independent school in Sydney penned a letter imploring his parent community to behave appropriately toward teachers. As more and more parents become educated about their child’s schooling, it raises an important question – who has the right or responsibility of challenging teacher practice? As a society, we … More Who should challenge teachers?
I’ve had a long career in education and over that time I’ve been exposed to the ideas, opinions and theories of teachers, academics, colleagues and parents. But when I stop to think about those people who’ve had the greatest impact on my professional life, it would have to be what I refer to as the … More The educational elders
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
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