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Creating an Engine Room for Learning

Some time ago I completed my PhD. The final conceptualisation of my research findings was represented as a model. I have always found that providing models of complex ideas or procedures is helpful to myself and people I work with.  A model can be used as a tool to scaffold productive and focused thinking. My PhD was titled ‘Metamorphosis, model-making and meaning; developing exemplary knowledge for teacher education’. To cut a long research journey short I produced a new model which (typically for me has been recently re-modelled) and is now called The CoG Model of Professional Learning. Let me tell you how it works.

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Transgender Awareness Week

Transgender Awareness Week is typically in the second week of November where transgender people and their allies take action to bring attention to the community by educating the public about who transgender people are, sharing stories and experiences, and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that affect the transgender community. 

4th African Space Generation Workshop

Modern Languages lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, is leading the 4th African Space Generation Workshop in Ghana as the Event Manager.


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Pandemic realities for school leaders

CollectivED Research Associate, Ruth Whiteside shares with us a snapshot of coaching and supervision during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The legacy of mentoring

October 27th is National Mentoring Day.  This is a day to acknowledge the impact of mentors across all walks of life, and to take time to consider our own role or potential as mentors to other. 

Critical Race Theory: some clarifications

In recent weeks Critical Race Theory (CRT) has received a great deal of publicity, on both sides of the Atlantic. Much of the discussion is fuelled by gross and inaccurate caricatures of CRT. 

Education Changemakers; Celebrating our new CollectivED Fellows

What does it take to be a changemaker? This is a question I have reflected on recently, and in particular with regard to my good fortune to engage with some amazing educators over the last few months, all from the comfort of my own home.  During August and September we confirmed seven new CollectivED Fellows who are joining a buoyant international network, each one is a changemaker and worthy of celebration.

English schools and disadvantaged communities: some clues on closing the gap

Dr Doug Martin shares with us his insight into the background of the English schooling system and what approach schools can take to achieve individual student attainment in disadvantaged communities. 

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Black History Month Seminars

Black History Month provides us all with an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Black people as knowledge creators.  The integration of Black history and Black people's knowledge discovery and contribution should be part of every month in every year not just in October.

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Can models, frameworks or tools support us to support others?

It is interesting to reflect on what enables or constrains coaches and mentors (both formal and informal) in our work; and how structures might help to scaffold practice at different stages of our own professional development. This blogpost draws on participants’ ‘chat box’ contributions during a CollectivED Fellows evening webinar held on the 24th September 2020. The conversation allowed us to reflect on how structures and protocols support us when we coach and mentor others.