Blog posts

Michaela Community School 12 October 2019

I find that one of the best forms of professional development is to learn from what works in other schools. This blog focuses in on one specific school - dubbed to be the ‘strictest in Britain’ –... more

Are you a designer of learning? 4 October 2019

"Educators need to think of themselves as designers of learning...We are convinced that we need to move rapidly to the place where all learners feel connected and all learners are able to self-regulate... more

Build your legacy 1 October 2019

Baseball player Jackie Robinson said: "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." Mark Twain said: "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the... more

Advice for parents 29 September 2019

Although I have led three schools and now work as Director of Education of a family of nearly fifty schools, nothing has quite prepared me for being a parent trying to support my own daughters through... more

What do our students expect of us? 10 September 2019

At the heart of the IB Diploma Programme diagram is a picture of a child. IB programmes are student-centred. So what might a student-centred approach to learning look like?As your students return for... more

Understanding each student 10 September 2019

I have learnt so much about learning (and teaching) from sitting with my 11 year old daughter as she struggles to understand individual pieces of work. Just sitting with her watching and listening has... more

The focus of every lesson 10 September 2019

I came across an article recently which proposed three simple questions to drive our instruction every minute of every day in every school. For every lesson we teach our students, they should be able... more

Questions for the beginning of term 10 September 2019

For me it's personal this year. I have a daughter who is starting her new school, and they will care for her until she is 18. I want to ensure that she will get the best support so that she can fulfil... more

The Purpose Challenge 23 August 2019

Student (and staff) wellbeing is becoming an increasingly central concern. And yet, according to a 2018 survey, many high school students don’t believe their schools have done enough to help them deal... more

2019 - 2020: A New School Year 20 August 2019

The beginning of a new school year is a good opportunity to remind all the school community what your big idea(s) are, not least because you will have new staff, pupils and parents joining the school... more