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What do teachers read to keep themselves up-to-date with teaching and learning strategies?One of my roles is to support school governing boards appoint headteachers and principals. One of my standard questions is ‘what are you reading about education at the moment?’ Surprisingly this appears to be one of the more tricky questions for them to answer. It appears to me that educators, unlike...
Whether you are a leader in an established school or going to lead a new school it is good to review your mission statement periodically to clarify what the school is about. So what makes a mission statement good or bad?This page provides top tips for writing good mission statements and provides you with an example to reflect on.What makes a good mission statement?The following video clarifies the...
What is the purpose of education? What is your definition of student achievement that drives the work of your leadership team?These are useful questions to consider when reviewing the vision and mission of your own school.Few would argue with the widely shared ambition to continue to raise the bar and improve academic standards, supporting young people on their journey to thrive in adult life and...
How do we make the learning in our lessons memorable?Note that I use the word 'learning' and not 'teaching'. Whilst students may remember a particularly entertaining lesson this does not mean that they are able to recall the learning.On this page we look at a quick checklist for teachers on how to make learning memorable. It draws on research from cognitive scientists. Teachers are...
Subject leaders and coordinators (IB, CAS, TOK etc.) have a key pedagogical role within an IB World School. They have been called 'the engine room of change'. They set the tone and establish the culture of their team, model expectations of professional learning, monitor the progress of learning, support and coach colleagues and negotiate change (whether above or below).Our professional inquiry...
One of the six IB approaches to teaching is that it is inquiry based. This supports the description of the IB learner as 'inquirer' in the IB Learner Profile. But what does it mean to inquire? What does it mean to say that a student inquires? What does it mean to say that a teacher's approach is inquiry-based? Is it about seeking answers or seeking questions? Or is more about investigating,...
The IB regards the Diploma Coordinator as part of the (pedagogical) leadership team of the school. This is made clear in Standard B1 which states that “The school’s leadership and administrative structures ensure the implementation of the IB programme(s).”The Diploma Programme Coordinator is regarded as both a pedagogical leader and an administrative manager. The Coordinator plays...
The science of teaching and learningAs teachers we make decisions every lesson: decisions about how to engage students in their learning, how to structure the learning process, how to provide students with effective feedback etc. Sometimes it can feel that we are having to think of our own answers to all of these questions as we plan our individual lessons. However, increasingly teachers are learning...
Every five years after a school is authorized to be an IB World School they are asked to carry out an evaluation of the Diploma Programme. At the heart of this process is the self-study in which a school evaluates the extent to which it is meeting the programme standards and practices, and collects evidence to substantiate its judgments.This page offers tools for a school to undertake the self-study...
An introduction to the key pedagogical principles underlying the IB approaches to teaching.This page provides you with a number of activities that you can use with your pedagogical leadership team and your teachers to professionally inquire into the six approaches to teaching skills. Together they can form an in-school workshop which can be used when you are a Candidate School preparing for authorization,...
Whether you are a new or experienced educational leader, this site has a wealth of stimulating ideas and is a great resource for deepening your understanding.
This site is an outstanding overview of many of the issues that face an IB leader, from leadership itself, to teaching and learning, to the intricacies of the IB. There are many interesting and useful resources to promote reflection and thinking. The...
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20 June 2018
One of my roles is to support school governing boards appoint headteachers and principals. One of my standard questions is ‘what are you reading... more
13 June 2018
We all know that the skills that we need in the future are not necessarily the ones we are teaching students. In our current context in which... more