The practice of collaboration

Anecdotally at least, teachers are likely to learn when they interact with other teachers.  The process of mentoring, coaching and feedback are powerful strategies for empowering and enabling teachers. Never before have we needed more intellectual rigour as our schools respond to the challenges of a national curriculum, 21st century pedagogies and a mercurial education agenda. This … More The practice of collaboration

Engaging Parents

As schools are becoming more embedded in their local communities, partnerships become more critical.  There are growing examples where parents and local experts are contributing to the learning agenda in practical ways. As I said in a previous post, it is understandable that parents often feel left behind in the learning journey (probably symptomatic of their experience of … More Engaging Parents

Heppell’s wisdom

Stephen Heppell has spent the past two days visiting some of our primary and secondary schools.  The feedback I have received from staff and students has been overwhelmingly positive.  I think he struck a chord with teachers everywhere when he immediately affirmed the work of schools. As part of his visit, Stephen presented a keynote which was … More Heppell’s wisdom