Archives for PISA

Is It Time For A Different Story?

  “It is not what you put into the child, but what you draw out that constitutes education.” BH Montgomery Head, King Alfred School 1945-1962 This has been one of those weeks that I suspect I’ll remember for a very long time. A week ago, I was giving a keynote at King Alfred School, in London. The school is an independent school and, if I’m being completely honest, not one that I would have spoken at in the past. I’m so glad I decided to accept the invitation to speak there. The occasion was the Annual Conference of the King …

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Meerkats, Ostriches & The New Learning Ecosystem

Today marked the last day of my trip to Australia. As ever, it’s been a great visit, full of learning opportunities. It’s varied from delivering project-based learning training in schools, to talking to parents about their kids’ work prospects, to the Learning Frontiers programme with AITSL. This morning I was asked to talk to an education leaders circle, sponsored by Telstra and expertly facilitated by Tony MacKay. My job was to set  the context for transforming education, not incrementally improving it. This is the gist of what I said: The quest for the silver bullet in education (as evidenced in …

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Exams, Engagement or Enterprise : What Really Counts?

For the past 10 weeks, we’ve been working with schools and teachers in three countries: China; India and Australia. During that period, the 2012 PISA results were announced, triggering a renewed bout of angst in Western countries generally, giving way to more strident calls to work our students harder, along with some intensive teacher bashing. In this post, I’d like to share some impressions I formed in those countries, aligned with political and mainstream media representations, post-PISA. It can only be a small, selective sample, but I’ll share other learnings in subsequent posts. Indian Inspirations Our week in one of …

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