Adding value

I’ve enjoyed my short visit to Learning and Teaching Scotland. As is often the case with these sorts of visits you get so much out of the informal discussions, some of which can go on well into the evenings! The generosity of time and sharing of professional expertise of these busy people is always amazing. You … More Adding value

Crosswords or colouring?

In embracing an evidence-based educational model, schools in Wellington NZ are ditching traditional homework in favour of more real-world and fun activities like crosswords, boardgames and reading comics. The move away from ‘homework  for homework sake’ is aimed at nurturing children’s  interest in reading and other creative activities. The principal of Karori Normal School has … More Crosswords or colouring?

The work we do

When Professor John Hattie visited our diocese last year, he mentioned something quite astounding and profound. When teachers are together in staff rooms, they only spend five minutes on average, talking about teaching. We know that when teachers are in learning spaces they ‘do’ the business of teaching, but we also know that it is … More The work we do

The ‘f’ word

Michael Fullan recently addressed 100+ of our aspiring leaders in the context of leading change and learning in their schools. This was a marvellous experience for leading teachers to be exposed to someone of Fullan’s calibre – armed with research and case studies on what makes an effective school leader. It is evident that one … More The ‘f’ word

John Hattie

The task we have set ourselves of building a high performing system has been challenging but our work has been enriched by the ideas and input of great educational change agents  like Michael Fullan, Stephen Heppell and most recently, John Hattie. On 19 October, more than 600 educators came to hear John Hattie deliver the 2009 Ann … More John Hattie