It’s been difficult to ignore the recent post-PISA media coverage. And if you are to believe the loudest voices in the discussion, a return to ‘back-to-basics’ education will guarantee Australia’s future success in the rankings. Thankfully there are those like Professor Yong Zhao who continue to interrogate PISA’s ‘magical’ powers over policy-makers. Furthermore, PISA continues … More Taking the PISA bait
Lynda Gratton writing in the Harvard Business Review believes that the impact of technology, the growth of virtual teams and changing attitudes will mean the end of middle mangers. If technology is having this kind of impact on business – what effect will it have on the way we staff schools? Gratton sees that”technology itself has … More The end of the middle manager?
I had the opportunity of visiting two Catholic schools in Glasgow: St Lukes High School and Our Lady of the Rosary Primary. St Luke’s is led by Patricia Scott, a really passionate and articulate leader. Patricia is also an associate assessor with HMIE and joins inspection teams in secondary schools across other education authorities. She has really taken … More Solutions-focussed schools
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
The role of a principal is challenging, relentless and rewarding. You have to be committed to improving the lives of young people and passionate about learning not just students but teacher learning as well as your own. I admire principals (and their team) who go into bat every day for their students when many teachers don’t or … More In the shoes of learners