Sunday trefoil 13.10.19
Sunday trefoil 13.10.19

Sunday trefoil 13.10.19

I am sticking to my Sunday trefoil. Three learning, reflective moments from the past week worth sharing. This week, monstrous world records, school improvement top ten and #BrewEd signpost.

There is an assembly in there somewhere. Self-discipline for sure. Eliud Kipchoge broke the two-hour marathon mark by 20 seconds this weekend! Okay, not officially, but it is one of those Roger Bannister breaks the 4-minute mile moments worth sharing with students. A monstrous achievement.

Don’t make excuses. When you have decided to do something, do it. No excuses. Then you are self-disciplined.

Eliud Kipchoge

Only the disciplined ones are free in life. If you aren’t disciplined, you are a slave to your moods. You are a slave to your passions. That’s a fact.”

Eliud Kipchoge

I caught up with the September ASCL Leadership podcast. The fifth item (at 30 mins 50) is a short interview with Toby Greany, Professor of Education, University of Nottingham, on lessons on effective school improvement, specifically “Sustainable improvement in multi-school groups.

  • How do these school improvement providers identify the improvement needs of schools and the appropriate solutions to those needs?
  • How do they implement necessary changes in schools in order to achieve sustainable improvement?
  • How do they measure and monitor improvement?

The executive summary (p11-27) offering an appraisal of each of two sets of high-level practices: the five school improvement ‘fundamentals’,

  1. Establish school improvement capacity
  2. Forensic analysis of school improvement needs
  3. Supporting and deploying leadership
  4. Access to effective practice and expertise at classroom and department level
  5. Monitoring improvements in outcomes and reviewing changes in the quality of provision:

And the five strategic areas for sustainability below.

Lastly, keep an eye on the #BrewEd hashtag. There are plenty of educators benefiting from this community.

Engagement, debate, real talk, real ideas and real laughs.


Bravo to the team behind #BrewEdCambs and @WalkingHead65. Locally, there is #BrewEdBrighton November 9th.


Finally, in honour of Amjad Ali @ASTsupportAAli encouragement to recognise the contributions of others.

A note of recognition for Jack Tavassoly-Marsh @GeogMarsh and the team behind ResearchEd Surrey for all the effort that goes into preparing and hosting such an event.

A note of congrats to David Fawcett on the release of his book “Relearning to Teach.

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