Tuesday, 17 January 2017

READ THIS: 'WHAT DOESN'T WORK IN EDUCATION: THE POLITICS OF DISTRACTION'

This report is the first of two linked papers by John Hattie on what doesn’t work in education, and then on what does. In this paper he describes the confused jargon and narratives that distract us from the most ambitious and vital aim of schooling: for every student to gain at least a year’s growth for a year’s input. He outlines the policy responses commonly used by systems aspiring to be in the world’s ‘top five’ for education and argues that these responses are ‘fixes’ that fail to address the important questions, and so are unlikely to make a difference, despite costing many billions of dollars. Such responses are part of what Hattie calls the ‘politics of distraction’.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Friday, 13 January 2017

TRY SOMETHING NEW!

We must create a culture in our schools, our hospitals and our care system where we break down the walls and the barriers which limit creativity and stubbornly maintain the status quo and limit our opportunities to make that step change in outcomes. We must try new things and network, learn and build on the real excellence in the system and challenge the systems and hierarchies that nourish and perpetuate the irrelevant, the second rate and the simply dreadful.

LESSON TEN!

Learn from everything you do...

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Monday, 9 January 2017

Sunday, 8 January 2017

JUST DO IT!

This Sunday, think about what you have done in the last week to challenge the culture of 'can't do', to cut out the rubbish, to knock down the walls, to focus on the things that really matter and to do the things that will really make a difference! We can all make a real difference, so what is holding you back? …just do it!