Broadclyst hallDecoding the Future will also celebrate Broadclyst’s new hall (above), dining facilities and Cornerstone Teaching School

Primary school's challenge to policy makers on innovative learning in global online debate
A rural primary school in Devon that hosted its own global enterprise project with schools across the world will share the learning at its own “Decoding the Future” conference next Monday (September 14).

The aim of this multi-media event – it can also be joined on Skype and Twitter - at Broadclyst Community Primary School is to help create a “world class education system for a 21st century Britain" and it has attracted the attention of Microsoft education boss Anthony Salcito who will be flying in from Seattle to take part.

Stairways to heaven? Chris Abbott visits a very special learning space in Denmark (Photos: Claus Witfelt)
Ørestad GymnasiumØrestad GymnasiumØrestad Gymnasium: a source of inspiration for new schools all over the worldIt’s the staircase you notice first. As you walk through the front entrance of Ørestad Gymnasium, you see it towering ahead, curving all the way up to the top of the building, which looks from the outside like just another office block in a fast-growing suburb of Copenhagen.

A new, driverless light-rail system will get you there in 20 minutes from the city centre, and many of the students travel from even further afield to attend their school. Now that might be a familiar situation in the UK but it is very unusual in Denmark.

New Terrapinn show succeeds with inspiration, but footfall worries shadow sustainability
If there was any doubt that teaching is also a performance art, Tim Rylands and Sarah Nield removed it in their keynote presentation at London's new Digital Education Show (DES) last week.

Along with other top keynotes, like Ewan McIntosh, Sugata Mitra and Sir Ken Robinson, they proved the point pf the organisers, Terrapinn, that educational technology shows should lead with the learning and inspiration rather than the tech. But while competition for BETT, now a corporate money-making machine, is welcome, disappointing visitor numbers clouded its prospects.

The Jaguar Cars Maths in Motion World Challenge is massive. Australian teacher Tanya Uren explains why
As a primary teacher who has always loved maths,I cannot count the times I have heard from students, or their parents, some of these classic lines: “I couldn’t do maths as a kid, so he/she won’t be able to do it either”; “You never use the stuff that is taught in maths, so why bother”; “I don’t have a maths brain and never will.”

Comments like these make me want to scream, shake sense into the person, or both. As expulsion from the teaching profession, and quite possibly criminal charges, are not preferred career pathways, I have striven to change this perception in schools and the wider community. And then I came across the Jaguar Cars Maths in Motion World Challenge.

CAS ScotlandComputing at School Scotland (above): teachers learn about programming in primaries using iPads (pic David Gilmour)

Intrigued by teacher communities, researcher Kristen Weatherby sets her sights on Computing at School
For years we’ve talked about teachers being isolated in their classrooms and tried desperately to get them to form or join communities with their peers. Professional learning communities (PLCs), personal learning networks (PLNs), communities of interest, communities of practice (COPs), virtual communities, online communities, interest groups and knowledge communities, to name but a few.

This work has not been in vain. Teacher collaboration is a good thing. And the 2013 results of the OECD’s Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) indicate that teachers who report collaborating with colleagues also report significantly higher levels of confidence in their own work (self-efficacy) as well as higher levels of job satisfaction.