Game Changer in the GCC

Last week saw the launch in Dubai of a branch of North London Collegiate School or NLCS Dubai. The school’s name may not have carried as far around the world as that

Teachers have to learn too

Throughout my career as a teacher and education leader, I have been trying to understand teachers’ training better, because you would think that the profession would be good at it;

Attracting more teachers to the profession

Teacher recruitment in the UK is at a crisis point. I have joined with a group of colleagues to launch an INTERN programme for schools in the UK, largely because

The idea of ‘deep schooling’

In one of my favourite reports on teaching and learning – the distinguished 2000 study of cognitive science published by John Bransford (et al.) for the US National Research Council, titled

Happy New Year 2016

We produced a new year newsletter for our BBD friends in the Middle East and suddenly realised how much progress has been made by all our friends and clients. New schools opened,

Al Diyafah: ‘shine a light’

Off to Dubai tomorrow, to open the sixth form centre at Al Diyafah High School. The new facility is dedicated to the Mother, sadly deceased, of the family who own

Third Culture Schools

My new piece, co-written with my friends at the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA) in the UK, takes a look at the rapidly expanding world of international schools. Long

Words for Life

Talking to your children each night at mealtimes boosts their performance at school. In several countries, governments try to boost their schools’ results by giving advice to parents on what

Science for the home as well as the school

It is rare to find families at home doing science experiments together but it is fabulous when you see it in action. It is fun for all and you can

Looking for a rough and ready opinion?

This is an interesting website for picking up insights into individual international schools. It is a subscription service that I find handy: Rather too many entries are from moaning teachers