Embracing your ancestry

There is complexity in the faces of your ancestors and the jobs they held: manager, milliner, miner. The pastimes they enjoyed: dancing, writing, walking. The

Online communities

A collection of articles, research, blogs and videos exploring effective practice in the creation of online communities within the education sector and beyond. View and

Early Career Framework

A spreadsheet of the Early Career Framework. Useful for CPD and mentoring activity planning. View, download and use

What’s in a pause?

As we enter another period of national lockdown, I reflect on the power of a pause. Last year, I thoroughly enjoyed reading and scribbling all

Quality online learning

Having worked in a Further Education College for many years, I’m all too aware how the gears of the quality department will already be ramping

What do you see?

When asked the question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ What do you see? You seek an answer but archaeologist, artist,

Next time you see a tandem…

Walking. One foot in front of the other. Lost in a world before or after. The jangle of a bell pulls you back to the

Curating what I consume

I recently left behind the land of Twitter with its discriminatory algorithm, warring factions and complex ideas distilled into soundbites with the hope of discovering

Fighting the algorithm

August has featured the word ‘algorithm’ far more than most months in living memory, especially for those of us working in the world of education.

Urgent and important

A continuing journey with workload and delegation. When I was a teacher, I was largely able to dictate my own workload around my timetable; when

One foot in front of the other

Growing up, we would walk. Holidays would see us trek from our campsite to not so nearby places for lunch and back again, whatever the

The joy of disconnecting

As I sit under the boughs of a large oak tree, I gaze upwards through the sun-dappled leaves and catch a glimpse of possibility. It’s

Online discussions for learning

At work, I design, create and facilitate online learning for teachers. There are many challenges to be overcome when you’re a teacher who’s unlikely to

The right kind of 10% braver?

I’ve realised that for a long time, I was doing 10% braver all wrong. I’m writing this in case some of you are doing it

The making of a MOOC

The scenario of being asked to use a virtual learning environment, a set of laptops or devices, or indeed an interactive whiteboard is likely to

One year on

One year ago, I was leaving a job that had me trapped in a cycle of despair and a fight with values that were not

2018: A year of reading

2018 saw the completion of my library at home and a commitment to more reading. Being an English teacher had lead to far less reading

A Necessary Journey

My awareness of race and the need for representation in both education and society were not inherent in me at an early age, rather it

#WomenEd Unconference 4

Today’s WomenEd Unconference was to be an event unlike others I’d attended previously. It wouldn’t be my first, I wouldn’t be presenting, I wouldn’t be

Monthly Twitter Collections

Each month, I collate blogs, research papers, and reflections from the education community on Twitter. I began doing this for participants and mentors on the

Design for how people learn

In recent months, I’ve become more engaged with the field of cognitive science and what it has to teach us about effective learning. This began

Embracing Difference

30 days ago, I started working at the Chartered College of Teaching. This time has absolutely flown by and I found myself arriving at the

2017: The year of the coach

Imagine, if you will, a small Quentin Blake sketch of a woman. She’s eagerly skipping around the empty page of a book – leaving sparks

Guest Blog – A Day Out at Google HQ

This guest blog comes from Nick Hart, a Lecturer in Engineering at The Sheffield College. He and colleagues have recently made the move to Google