Welcome to Rethinking Education
We provide bespoke, research-informed training and consultancy for schools, colleges and universities. In particular, we specialise in learning to learn (metacognition and self-regulation), oracy education, action research and implementation science.
Probably the best INSET ever!
Programmes for school leaders:
Programmes for classroom teachers:
Programmes for pupils:
Praise for our action research programmes:
The training was eye-opening and motivating. It gives you practical strategies and an approach to improving your own practice.
It was inspiring to think of other ways we might want to look at classes or groups of pupils, to make them more independent, resilient and have a better work mindset.
It was simple to implement, my colleagues were positive about using the strategy and the impact on children’s learning was significant.
The training was an excellent way to make me think critically about my practice and how I could improve.
It’s a really good structure as it allows for reflection and contributions from more than one individual.
The school that I worked with as part of the project was really engaged with it as were the parents, pupil and staff involved. It was a very interesting experience and there were very positive outcomes at the end of the project.
Praise for our public speaking:
James’s presentation was very eloquent and inspiring. Real research ideas that can be implemented in the classroom.
I am terribly sceptical about these programmes, but I was impressed by the reports and understand the importance of getting this right in schools.
It was a clear, structured and informative presentation. The impact of the work was evidenced. It was nice to see how passionate both presenters were.
There was a clear balance between theory, practice and actual outcomes. No promises were made. There was a sensible, honest account of the research.
As a Head of Maths I am looking for ideas how to close the gap and help children to learn. By attending this session I think I found way forward.
Good grassroots movement with grounding in trial at the chalk-face but reviewed and analysed systematically.
It was great to hear first-hand about the project/experiences that I had read about previously.
I don’t usually think of educational conferences in terms of their comedy value, but James Mannion’s presentation was a hoot! A combination of his own humorous and engaging style and the benefits of a smaller, more interactive audience, made this session both informative and enjoyable.
Praise for the Learning Skills curriculum:
When I first heard we wouldn’t have Learning Skills lessons this year, I was really upset. And then I thought back over everything we did in years 7 and 8, and I realised: it’s a part of me now. I can take it forward into whatever I go on to do.
It makes you make more friends and you learn that you might not always work with people that you want to work with, but you have to get along with them – or at least be civil if you want to get along. Because otherwise you won’t be able to do what you need to do.
At Key Stage 3, there is contribution from all students. They don’t seem as scared of getting things wrong. They’re much more forthcoming, they give it a go and are more prepared to be critical of each other. I definitely think Learning Skills has been a big influence in that.
Teaching Learning Skills reinvigorated my classroom practice. It made me listen far more carefully to what students say. It also helped me understand how important speaking and listening is in the learning process. I definitely took that back into my work as a Science teacher.
Students can talk about how, as well as what, they are learning. Lessons in ‘Learning Skills’ are helping them to do this… They are expected to apply their skills across subjects…
Since taking Learning Skills lessons, Max’s understanding of where he fits with the world, what he can do to increase his chances in life and how he can do this – he has completely amazed me!
Praise for the Language of Power workshop:
Needs to be longer. We should have it over a weekend with multiple teams debating controversial topics with each other.
I really enjoyed it because it was personal – I liked being able to choose my own topic.
The workshop was very well structured. I thoroughly enjoyed it and thus no improvement should be made.
I really enjoyed the presenting along with feedback, coupled with excellent teaching of language devices.
I learnt lots of effective techniques for structuring my speech. I now feel much more confident about presenting to others.
I liked the analysis of Oprah and Trump speeches, because it was real-life examples of the techniques we’ve developed.