Over the years I’ve made some things, and it would be useful to have somewhere where they can live as hyperlinks that I hope will carry on working.
System Redesign 3: Curriculum Redesign This was a labour of love, working with Kai Vacher and Professor David Hargreaves in what I think of as the definitive series of resources on personalising learning - note not the industrial “we will create a personalised experience of schooling for you” with technology or an incredibly customised curriculum, rather we will create an environment to give you opportunities to personalise your learning. I got to visit some wonderful schools and write about their ideas which still seem fresh and exciting today - and to have two talented colleagues put everything in the context of the time.
Curriculum Design In Action, Futures Vision I was fortunate to work with the Futures Vision Group which featured a number of people who were on the top of their game as inspirational headteachers (or ‘system leaders’ in current parlance) - at times it was scary, but never dull. We were commissioned by the now defunct QCDA to produce something around what proven innovation looks like in practice and I managed to gather in one room a real brains-trust of Futures Vision Schools and other people I’d come across who maybe didn’t have the same profile, but who I knew would be able to contribute. We spent a day with groups presenting in small sessions - only three big presentations, and I’m proud to say the evaluation average from delegates was 1.1 (everyone scores from 1 to 5 and 1 is good). This was also the first time i ever used a Wiki, with the help of Bill How - so the booklet was made up of my notes, the material each school had submitted on the day, and then everyone pitching in (OK about 8 people actually made real contributions) - I then had to make it into a cohesive final version that would pass through the QCDA’s quite challenging quality assurance process to be allowed out with the national curriculum branding - so most of the words are mine, but the ideas and the work in the schools is of other people!