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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

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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

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