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
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
After another big school year, I’m now on professional leave for the next few weeks where the bulk of my time will be attending an advanced leaders course at Cambridge. I’ll also be visiting some innovative schools and meeting with educational authorities in England and Scandinavia. The focus will be on how these schools and … More The academisation of schools
Over the past decade I’ve had the opportunity to chat with some innovative and inspiring educators, leaders and academics. So often the focus is on what they are doing now rather than how they came to teaching and what inspired them then and now. That’s the starting point for a new podcast series ‘bluyonder voices’, … More Bluyonder voices podcast #1
Last week it was TIMSS. This week it’s PISA. Report cards on the performance of education systems are everywhere right now. The PISA results released today (PISA is the Program for International Assessment) tell as similar story to the TIMSS report last week: that Australian students are not performing as well as hoped for in … More Should international league tables drive education policy?
Last week, our system held its inaugural secondary Mathematics conference with the focus on teachers as researchers. Along with school and system leaders, secondary mathematics teachers, we also had our academic partner, Emeritus Professor Peter Sullivan from Monash University along with Sue Wilson from the Australian Catholic University (ACT campus) and Professor Kathryn Holmes from Western Sydney University attend. … More Teachers as researchers
In 2012, John Coleman wrote an article in the Harvard Business Review titled ‘For those who want to lead, read’. Coleman observed that business professionals were reading less despite their being wide-ranging benefits to leadership. According to Coleman, deep and broad reading habits have been the ‘defining characteristic of our greatest leaders’ catalysing ‘insight, innovation, empathy, … More Leaders as readers
In 2013, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated the island province of Bohol in the Philippines, killing hundreds and flattening communities. It was the worst earthquake to hit the Philippines in 23 years. Recently, a group of our teachers and students travelled to Bohol as part of an immersion program aimed at putting the principles of Catholic social justice into … More Pygmy in the land of giants
I wonder how many times we need to hear the OECD and Grattan Institute tell us that our education system needs to be performing over and above and not under and below international benchmarks! The link between our declining performance on PISA and teacher quality has been the subject of commentary from educational experts for more than … More What’s wrong with Aussie schools?
The NSW Department of Education’s Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation published its report last year finding that Reading Recovery (used in almost a thousand of its primary schools) should be ‘restricted to the lowest performing students’. The mere mention of Reading Recovery sparks vigorous debate in a war that has been ongoing for decades between the behaviourists (phonics) … More Along the battle lines