Category Archives: blogging

A year in blogging

This was my sixth year of blogging and it was a real mixed bag. For reasons of mental well-being I more or less stopped blogging in the last four months of the

Thought Depends on Knowledge

Paul Kirschner, lead author of the research paper that has perhaps most influenced my thinking, is a bit of an educational hero. Imagine my nervousness when he came to see give a

The 10 most popular posts on The Learning Spy in 2016

Here are the 10 most viewed posts of last year. Only half of them were actually written last year and some of them are several years old. I reckon this must in part

My favourite posts of 2016 on The Learning Spy

Here follows a selection of some of what I consider to be my best posts of 2016. I’ve learned not to be surprised that what I think is my best writing is

My favourite blog posts of 2016

Here follows my extremely partial take on some of the blog post I have most enjoyed reading this year Heather Fearn – Reading fluency and the ‘Tragedy of the Commons’ My only continuing

The revolutionary wisdom of the tribe

In A History of the World, Andrew Marr suggests there needs to be a balance between new ideas and what he calls ‘the wisdom of the tribe’: What is the right balance between state

February on The Learning Spy

February was cold, dark, wet and miserable. Which probably explains why I go so much writing done. Here are all of my posts from lat month in one convenient digest. Learning about

Varieties of boredom

For I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth, Action, nor utterance, nor the power of speech, To stir men’s blood: I only speak right on; I tell you that which you

Annual report 2015

Well, 2015 has been and gone. It’s been a great year for me personally and one in which the blog has continued to make waves. It seems that as more and more

December on The Learning Spy

December has traditionally been a bit of a fallow period as far as this blog is concerned, but this year, despite the inevitable Christmas lull I continued to churn out posts. Here they

A roundup of my least popular posts of 2015

I love blogging and I’m chuffed beyond reason when a post captures the imagination and pings around the internet for a few days. But I’m always taken unawares by what’s popular and

Why I ♥ blogging (and believe there is hope for Ofsted)

Earlier today I posted an outraged spume of invective directed at a recently publish Ofsted inspection report. Since then Sean Harford, Ofsted’s National Director for Education, has been in touch to say