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  • Blog Post: Just the facts: England’s new national curriculum

    On my way to work last Thursday, I listened to Radio 4’s Today show interview Secretary of State Michael Gove about the creation of England’s new national curriculum. It was one of those mornings where I arrived to work before the story was finished, so I sat in my car in the Microsoft car...
  • Blog Post: 100 posts – A review of the Innovative Teachers Network blog

    This is how Wordle sees this blog if we use it to analyse the content we've written over the past word. We are really pleased to see that we are clearly focussing on teachers, but also, we are really pleased to see the prominence of teaching and learning, resources, community and the word innovative...
  • Blog Post: Innovative Teachers – Who influences your teaching?

    Whilst working for Microsoft, I have had some great opportunities. One of the things that has had the biggest impact has been the people I have met. I am convinced that it would have been very unlikely that I would have met or even heard about such people when I was in the classroom. This thought is...
  • Blog Post: Award Winning Innovative Teacher – James Kent

    James’ involvement with the Innovative Teachers Network is fairly recent. He joined a local network created by Alessio Bernardelli , a former Innovative Teachers Award winner himself. The goal of the network is to establish the Innovative Teachers community throughout comprehensive schools in Torfaen...
  • Blog Post: Raise your hand if you're innovative

    I think I enjoyed last Friday's Innovative Teachers event at Microsoft just a much as Stuart did. The teachers we meet are always inspiring, and this group of 12 was quite special. Like Stuart and the teachers, I was also inspired by Guy Shearer's keynote. I've borrowed the title of Guy's talk in...
  • Blog Post: UK Innovative Teachers Forum Awards Winners

    After receiving the highest number of entries ever for a Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum, I am pleased to announce the 10 Virtual Classroom Tours that will be celebrated at the awards event at Microsoft Ltd headquarters in Reading. The judging proved to be a very difficult and challenging exercise...
  • Blog Post: Personalising learning - Enquiring Minds

    Hardly a day goes by anymore when I don't hear or read something about personalising learning or putting pupils at the centre of their learning. If I had a Euro for every person who uses these buzzwords without having a clue as to what they mean, I'd be a wealthy lady (notice that I'm asking for Euros...
  • Blog Post: Your Christmas Wish list

    Kristen and I are busy writing our lists for Santa this year, and thinking back (waayyy back, for Kristen) to the time when we were both teachers. There are so many cool - and FREE - tools for teachers today that didn't exist when we were teachers. So...if we were still teaching today, here's what...
  • Blog Post: The Rose Review – looking at primary schools differently

    It’s out*, and the media have already started to produce glorious headlines. Whilst The Times goes with a factual “ Primary school children 'should be taught technology, not tradition’ ”, for some reason the BBC’s headline this morning is “ Lessons in being happy proposed ”. And The Mail has gone for...
  • Blog Post: What is an innovative school?

    This week, Stuart and I were up in Knowsley, outside of Liverpool, hosting the UK's first "Innovative Schools" conference. What does this mean, exactly? Microsoft has a global Innovative Schools programme, where we selected 12 schools from all around the world to work with us for two years as they started...
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