Category Archives: leadership

The problem with book monitoring

Stupidity has a knack of getting its way. Albert Camus Most schools these days routinely monitor students’ exercise books in an attempt to extrapolate the quality of teaching. In some ways this

Workload, retention & accountability: One policy to rule them all

More men are killed by overwork than the importance of the world justifies. Rudyard Kipling There’s a lot wrong with the way schools are held to account which result in perverse incentives

The Illusion of Knowing

Knowledge, n.: The small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify. Ambrose Bierce Advanced Learning has commissioned me to write a piece about the uses and abuses of data in schools. My

We don’t know what we don’t know: the uses of humility

Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life. George Arliss In my last post I challenged the widely-held belief that teachers’

Five techniques for overcoming overconfidence & improving decision-making

One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision. Bertrand Russell Every

Is teaching a ‘wicked’ game?

What a wicked game you play to make me feel this way. Chris Isaak, Wicked Game Ok, I’ve cheated a bit. In this paper Robin M Hogarth identifies what he calls ‘kind’

“Works for me!” The problem with teachers’ judgement

It is with our judgments as with our watches: no two go just alike, yet each believes his own. Alexander Pope One of the difficulties inherent in challenging teachers’ judgments is that

Equality is unfair

Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality. Erich Fromm In my first post on Intelligent

The melody of education: what should we be accountable for?

Not every end is a goal. The end of a melody is not its goal; but nonetheless, if the melody had not reached its end, it would not have reached its goal.

What can education learn from aviation?

Certainly, the mistakes that we male and female mortals make when we have our own way might fairly raise some wonder that we’re so fond of it. – George Eliot Flying is

Intelligent Accountability

The history of human growth is at the same time the history of every new idea heralding the approach of a brighter dawn, and the brighter dawn has always been considered illegal,

Why sacrificing chickens will not help us evaluate teachers’ performance

Intellectually, philosophically, morally, the argument over whether teachers’ performance should be evaluated by grading their teaching by means of a lesson observation has been won. Ofsted have accepted the crushing weight of