Design Thinking in Schools: I need your problems

If you could solve one problem facing education what would it be? Take whatever comes to mind first or take a moment to ponder, then subject your problem to “the 5 Whys”. Here is an example. Problem: There is not enough time for teachers to do their job properly Why do teachers not get their […]

Reflections on Leaving the Classroom

Today I can no longer introduce myself as “Maths Teacher” as I leave the classroom. Though I might still use my former job title for introductions at parties to make things simple. I move from the classroom to take up a training and consultancy role supporting schools looking to implement change and embed technology for […]

What impact does the pencil have on learning?

Should we expect, as educators, that the technology used in schools has robust reliable research that demonstrates the impact it has on learning before we implement it? This post is a response to an article that featured in EdSurge on 17 July 2017. You can read the full article here. The article refers to findings […]

It’s not rocket science! Learn about Space from the experts

Last year two primary school classes in our multi-academy trust submitted questions to astronomical experts related to the Juno mission to Jupiter, which has sent back new and exciting information about the giant planet and its moons. The excitement for our children was that their questions were answered live on a Google hangout on air […]

Design Thinking in Schools: Which personas are in your school?

Students are categorised by grades, level of need, progress from starting points and in some cases background or ethnicity. There are other categories some teachers might wish to use too. Could we use very different characteristics to provide the best learning opportunities for all children? Clearly I am not busy enough being head of maths […]