Inside Learning is a site for discussion, comment, review and argument about the world of education and learning. Run by Matthew Boyle, Jay Helbert and Stephen Rogers, the main feature of this site is the downloadable, thirty minute long, podcasts that you can enjoy at your leisure.
We believe that education, while not a cure for all evils in this world, is a huge power for good. Unfortunately, for many complex reasons, education does not always deliver the goods for individuals and societies (for example, justice and equality of opportunity, fulfillment of potential) . The UNESCO (1996) report (Learning: the Treasure Within) provides an eloquent framework for how education and lifel0ng learning could deliver on some of these lofty aspirations. Learning to do, learning to know, learning to be and learning to live with one another, could be a simple and powerful framework through which to judge our efforts.
Inside Learning aims to discuss positive developments in education in the context of this framework, and argue for better ways of delivering learning. The podcasts should be of interest to practitioners, advisers, academics and policy people passionate about learning and developing innovative practices.
Biographies of the presenters:
Matthew Boyle: I was a teacher of Physics and Maths in Scottish schools including periods in Bellshill, Port Glasgow and Glasgow. I had one year as a Research Fellow at Strathclyde University looking into the teaching of learning skills. After my time in teaching I went freelance as an educational consultant for a period of three and a half years. During this time I worked with Learning Unlimited as well as with Organisations as diverse as the UFA and the National College of School Leadership. I worked about half of my time on each side of the border and had a few lecturing visits to Australia. For the last 8 years I have worked as a Quality Improvement Officer, specialising first in Professional Development and Leadership development for Argyll and Bute Council; I have now changed my main remit to ICT support. My main hobby now is photography with a real love for portraiture. I play guitar, mandolin and when anti-social, banjo. I also love cycling, (proper elegant and beautiful road bikes, not the Frankenstein’s monsters that are mountain bikes, even if I have one of them too). I am a total addict of gadgets and technology!
Stephen Rogers: I have been involved in education for thirty years now, in a variety of roles: teaching in primary and special schools, headteacher, and for seven years, National Director of the education charity the University of the First Age. The UFA was founded by Professor Sir Tim Brighouse in 1996 to extend and enrich learning through innovative methods, particularly outside the school day. I have a PhD from the University of Manchester and now do a bit of part-time teaching there on MA courses as I cannot resist teaching, even though I am meant to have retired! My other interests are a love of football (Arsenal and Cambridge United!), mountaineering, reading, philosophy, painting and going to the theatre/cinema (and eating broccoli).
Jay Helbert: I have been teaching for ten years, the first four years of which were in an inner-city primary school in Liverpool. During this time I developed an interest in emotional intelligence as a proactive tool for classroom management. For the last six years, I have been teaching in schools in Argyll and Bute developing a specialism for teaching children with learning difficulties, particularly those with social and emotional needs. I am currently the headteacher of a village primary school which allows me a regular timetable commitment as well as strategically leading education. Last year I was seconded to work for the local authority as a curriculum development officer, helping schools to implement the new Scottish Curriculum. In my spare time I enjoy discovering the beauty of Argyll with my wife, daughter and terrier ‘Harry’, following the (mis) fortunes of Everton FC and completely failing to grow broccoli.