This category contains 281 posts

The Educationally Isolated

For too long our view of School Improvement has been London centric; London has quite a unique context with its own drivers and challenges.  For schools that are educationally isolated, there are things to learn from the approaches of major urban areas; however, the contexts are so different that the improvement journey must also be. Continue reading


Cognitive Load Theory Updated; 20 Years On – Our Cognitive Architecture

Cognitive Load Theory is increasingly influencing people’s thinking and hopefully will also influence their approach to teaching.  At its heart, it is a theory about instructional (teaching) design.  I find it useful for the classroom; it chimes with me as an ex-Science Teacher. Continue reading

Ofsted’s Great Colon Problem (Plus Other Curriculum Issues)

One of the key tenets of the draft inspection framework is that there is no preferred Ofsted Curriculum; there has been no preferred Ofsted pedagogy for years.  Despite Ofsted repeating the above mantra; the question about the veracity of these two statements remains. Continue reading

New Book: Liminal Leadership

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 26,421 other followers

Follow @LeadingLearner on WordPress.com

The Teacher Development Trust a national charity supporting effective professional development (please click to find out more)

Blog Stats

  • 1,195,705 hits



It won't get your marking done in five minutes but will help your structure your marking so you and the students get the most out of it.


Getting the behaviour of students right, in the class room, is the challenge for every teacher. This simple planner will take you through the main stages required to help you achieve a purposeful learning envionment


Ideas and the thinking behind a professional development to help improve the quality of teaching and learning. Keep the learning tight, the lesson plan loose and focus on the learners

Planning to Get Behaviour Right: Research Plus Experience

The thinking behind the #5MinBehaviourPlan and our whole school approach to managing behaviour.

Education for Wisdom

Why the four knowledge dimensions (covering knowledge and skills) and a moral compass are at the heart of an outstanding education.

When Feedback Met Bloom

A look at the power of Feedback to students using Bloom's four knowledge dimensions

%d bloggers like this: