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Jan 23, 2017

What's in this week's episode?


  1. BYOD vs 1 to 1 initiatives with Surface  
  2. Using technology to do the heavy lifting and save time on resources, feedback and data
  3. Using a flipped approach for staff, students, governors and parents –
  4. Plus more on Leadership, planning and serving your students

Alan Crawford, Vice Principal, Shireland Collegiate Academy

  • Reading about emotional intelligence is something I find really interesting
  • Our whole academy is built on Office 365

Sir Mark Grundy, Headteacher, Shireland Collegiate Academy, @sirmarkgrundy, quotes:

  • We’ve created a system which frees hours and hours and hours of staff time
  • At the risk of putting myself out of favour with the photocopying industry…what most schools do, is photocopy the world. It’s not an economic way of delivering learning.
  • I’m stubborn in that I won’t accept that technology should force our processes to change. We are your best and worst place to pilot anything.
  • What you can’t do is build all sorts of technology benefits on top of chaos.
  • Not enough schools are stubborn around the processes of learning and school improvement and school management.
  • I have a problem with BringYourOwnDevice. It’s just chaos, utter chaos!
  • The depth of scrutiny we now get from our trustees is at a level I’ve never seen
  • I think technology is just such a great lever for support and change and it’s a great leveller
  • I expect the leadership team to serve the staff and the kids. I don’t expect the staff to serve the leadership team.
  • Do our staff feel pressured? Yes they do. Do they feel accountable? Yes they do. Do I think they feel well supported by us? Yes, I think they do.
  • We have pushed our staff to put try and do a more evidence based analysis of what they do
  • My experience in the DFE at the moment is they are genuinely looking at how to do things differently.
  • I was hugely impressed. She spoke about a different landscape. She touched on the sort of skills our young people need. Every conversation has involved how do we harness the power of technology

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  • Office MIX/Office 365 for Education 

  • Matt Woodruff Coscole

  • Anoop Gupta

  • David Irish, Associate Principal, Shireland 

  • Teacher Toolkit 

  • Dylan William

  • Emotional Intelligence - Daniel Goleman 


  • Jonathan Bishop, Broadclyst - they are doing amazing stuff with the kids in their school 

  • School 21 in London – AI on revision: School 21 in London has got some cracking stuff around their thematic delivery

  • Mike Parker – Director Schools North East

  • Microsoft Schools – putting in contact with other schools internationally. 

  • Nicky Morgan/EEF - research schools, 


  • Institute of effective education university of York, Nikky Jones (Nicola Jones) 

  • Lord Jim Knight

  • Justine Greening 



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