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Inclusivity or Political Correctness? Bridging Polar Perspectives

Conrad Hughes, Education Advisory Board member

  One of the complex issues that educational institutions are grappling with is how to navigate inclusion in such a manner that all stakeholders feel heard and understood. The idea of opening the curriculum, recruitment, leadership, guest speaker invitations and partnerships to a wide and inclusive range of constituents seems straightforward at face value but…

Decolonizing the Curriculum

Conrad Hughes, Education Advisory Board member

The modern idea of a curriculum, which is to say a published and detailed scheme of work that lays out what students will learn, is relatively recent. It was only after the 1850s and the expansion of compulsory education that schools and universities began to detail the aims, objectives, assessment, and structure of courses systematically…

Widening Access to Higher Education

Conrad Hughes, Education Advisory Board member

  The world’s first universities in modern day Pakistan, India and Morocco were spiritual centres dedicated to the teachings of Buddhism and Islam. Only those dedicated to a monastic life were admitted. By the 12th Century, a number of European universities (such as Bologna, Oxford and Paris) operated as guilds whereby contracts between esteemed scholars…

Decolonizing the Curriculum

Conrad Hughes, Education Advisory Board member

The modern idea of a curriculum, which is to say a published and detailed scheme of work that lays out what students will learn, is relatively recent. It was only after the 1850s and the expansion of compulsory education that schools and universities began to detail the aims, objectives, assessment, and structure of courses systematically…

Checking Deep-rooted Personal Bias to Recognize Women’s Contributions

Conrad Hughes, Education Advisory Board member

  The other day I was doing a presentation to my senior leadership team on change management strategies. I had chosen one of my favourite books, Damian Hughes’ lucid and tightly composed The Barcelona Way, in which he cleverly creates the acronym BARCA to outline the five fundamental steps needed for cultural transformation; Big Picture,…

Social Inclusion versus Reactionaryism: The New Divide

Conrad Hughes, Education Advisory Board member

  During the French Revolution of 1789, when the National Assembly was created, a decision was taken to place monarchists to the right and revolutionaries to the left of the president. Hence the terminology “right-wing”, meaning – originally – pro-monarchy and “left-wing”, meaning anti-monarchy.    Needless to say, in today’s post-modern, interconnected and globalised world,…

Closing the Teacher Diversity Gap

Conrad Hughes, Education Advisory Board member

  This article argues for teacher diversity, explaining why and how it is so important. Teaching is an extremely complex profession. On the one hand, there is the mastery of the content being taught that is necessary for teachers to earn the respect and learning of their students. You simply cannot teach something you do…

Are we Becoming Less Intelligent? Why? What to do?

Conrad Hughes, Education Advisory Board member

With the endless barrage of information hitting us 24 hours a day, permanent online “connection” and ever-unfolding social media discussions, we are very much in the age of big data. Ridiculous-sounding names like zettabytes (of which it is predicted there will be 175 in circulation in 2025) are used to describe data volume and there…

On the Importance of Teacher Diversity: What the Research Says

Conrad Hughes, Education Advisory Board member

  Further to my blog on closing the teacher diversity gap, it is worth looking at what some of the research on the question of teacher diversity says. Most of the research comes from the United States, since studies on diversity tend to be more developed in Northern America (and the United Kingdom) than elsewhere,…