Monthly Archives: July 2012

Photo Blog – Anish Kapoor’s Orbit – Olympic Park – Public Art

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To give it its full name, it’s Anish Kapoor‘s Arcelor Mittal Orbit. It’s been called a lot worse things than that. For the sake of brevity let’s just call it the Orbit. If anyone doubts Anish Kapoor’s credentials as an … Continue reading

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Photo Blog – the Olympic Park – Part One

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  This was our first visit to the Olympic Park, and our first set of photographs taken within the site.

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The Legacy of Creative Ceremonies

If ever there was a demonstration of the value of enabling people to be free to express themselves creatively, it was in Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony for the Olympics. Frank Cottrell Boyce has written an excellent piece in the Observer, … Continue reading

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Out of the Mouths of Babes

In our recent blog, we made reference to ‘pupil voice’. Too often we ignore what children and young people have to say about education, about the world, about what they want. The Cambridge Review of Primary Education was particularly focused … Continue reading

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Music, Percussion, Rhythm, Education and the Olympics

Thinking back to the Olympics opening ceremony last Friday evening it occurs to me that – as good as it was as a spectacle – the most important element for me was the music. The same was true for the … Continue reading

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The Olympics Begins – and the Whole World’s Watching

So finally – it begins. Last night’s opening ceremony of the 30th Olympic Games was, as expected, a terrific mixture of the sublime and the ridiculous, the eccentric and the mainstream, the joyful and the laughable. Clearly it amazed, entertained, … Continue reading

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Improving Learning and Managing Emotions

A roundup of a few fairly random pieces today. “I couldn’t sit in front of a desk and concentrate for more than a minute. But when I was learning to dance, my attention was focused for hours.” – Dancer and … Continue reading

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Public Versus Private Education

My thought for today is about private versus public education. This thought was inspired by a recent conversation with someone I found myself standing next to whilst watching the Olympic flame with its huge entourage of ‘sponsors’ pass by on … Continue reading

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Smart Country, Smart Education, Smart Finances, Smart Economics

A few snippets of news. On Radio 4 this week an economist spoke about the continuing financial crisis in the Eurozone, and warned that every European country (including Germany!) might eventually lose its so-called ‘Triple A’ credit rating, assuming they … Continue reading

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PISA: Ingredients for Educational Success

Originally posted on A True North:
Measuring Student Success Around the World Interesting Findings of the OECD 2010 PISA Survey Andreas Schleicher directs the Programme for International Student Assessment. He presents the major trends illustrating education systems’ performance and necessary…

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