Think Pieces

Plenty to discuss as we make a return to class

Richard Lockyer | Aug 26, 2022

While we’ve all been enjoying our summer break and the exceptional weather that has accompanied it, the world keeps turning, leaving us with a few things to consider as we pack our bags for the start of term. As I write, our friends in Canada are back at their desks. Mike Dubeau and his leadership…

Global update: Political fallout will reach education

Richard Lockyer | Jul 19, 2022

Change, as they say, is inevitable. But as we go through power shifts at the highest tiers of government, we owe it to our children to ensure this doesn’t adversely impact their education. It is interesting to note that the changes to the leadership and correspondingly the policy of the governments in the countries in…

Global update: Priorities shift to ensuring the best performance

Richard Lockyer | Jun 20, 2022

Heading into the summer term, staff development and quality of teaching are again the focus of attention Now we’re on the other side of the half-term break, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee a hazy memory, our colleagues from Canada, England and Sweden have a clear path to progress delivery and quality of education in their regions….

Plaudits pour in for education’s finest

Richard Lockyer | Jun 17, 2022

Once again the IOE has come top of the QS World University rankings. For the ninth year in a row, the IOE has been ranked number one for Education in the annual QS World University Rankings by subject. This is quite an achievement for Professor Li Wei, Director and Dean, Institute of Education (IOE), UCL’s Faculty…

UNESCO calls for a new approach to global learning.

Richard Lockyer | May 17, 2022

Landmark report from the United Nations organisation urges governments to invest more in the future of education. To call the UNESCO ISEE Assessment thorough would be an understatement. This is a piece of work that brings together the thoughts and opinions of more than 300 experts across 45 countries, with a pagination topping 1000 pages….

These studies in education could influence future policy

Richard Lockyer | May 3, 2022

Two landmark studies examining the future of education have recently emerged, from UNESCO and the UK’s Department of Education. Both draw conclusions that should be analysed in the context of our own approach to educational improvement. The ever-evolving nature of education requires continual evaluation, for the benefit of both students and teachers. Periodically we are…

Teaching skills in practice – innovation in Swedish education

Richard Lockyer | Apr 27, 2022

Our colleagues in Sweden have embarked on an initiative aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning. The initiative, Teaching skills in practice, is already gaining traction in a number of Swedish schools and municipalities. It was launched by Mats Rosenkvist alongside Urban Hansson and Bernt Friberg in February 2022. Mats, CEO of Successful…

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