5 ways Kaizen can bring positive changes in education

How the Kaizen method can boost student outcomes and encourage a healthier classroom environment How you approach self-assessment and change in every educational institution is key to consistent growth. Under constant strain that is only getting harder to bear, it is becoming essential for UK Schools to find and enforce more efficient ways of working within their environment. One approach to work that has been tried and tested by all sorts of situations around the world is called the Kaizen method, otherwise known as continuous improvement and it’s easy to see how it can be adaptable to schools and other educational establishments. Kaizen is a compound of two words that, when put together, means “change for the better”. It is a system designed for continuous, daily improvement by humanizing the process in which everyone works from top to bottom, by having everyday conversations to bring about everyday changes. It requires an acceptance that there is no perfect work environment and a mindset that even tiny improvements can yield big results. How does Kaizen apply to education? In an educational setting, creating a space for students and teachers to have day-to-day conversations and action plans to help them work more effectively,…

4 ways in which AI can lead to less dramatic drops in GCSE and A Level results

Imagine a world where students and teachers can be confident in the work they have put in throughout the year, and the results are an easy and accessible way to gauge the maximum effort put into their success. GCSE and A-Level results contrasted significantly in 2022 compared to the previous two years, which saw teacher-assessed grades (TAGS) in place of exam-based results. Official figures show that comprehensive schools suffered a 2.7% decline in the proportion of GCSEs being graded 7-9 (the highest grades), while among private schools the decline was almost three times steeper – an 8.2% drop. This raises a question about the processes involved in assessing students throughout the year, and how they can be improved. Why is there a need for more accurate and consistent assessments? The truth, according to a University College of London (UCL) study, is that just under half (48%) of students who struggled in their English Language and Maths GCSEs were already judged to be falling behind when they were as young as 5 years old when they took the Early Years Foundation Stage profile assessments. Of those below expected levels, 27% failed to achieve a grade 4 or above in either subject,…

5 benefits of combining digital tools and the Montessori method

Imagine a classroom where information from teacher to learner focuses on sensory perception. All this is delivered to the student using a tablet. The educator can track work done from another device and tailor the activities to suit each student’s skill set. Better yet, they can share the developments with the parents. That is the future way of intentional skill assessment emphasized by the Montessori teaching method. Now imagine this process totally automated so the teacher can focus on JUST teaching. This is the Power delivered when digital combines with best practices in the classroom. A brief history of the Montessori method focuses on teaching the whole child covering more than their academics but their emotional, social, and sensory development to match their unique skill set. There is a notable contrast to the conventional teaching method of a standardized focus on a single mass channeling of information to various students. Primarily in how learners assimilate the information. Mary Montessori created this teaching approach. She was the first female doctor in Italy in 1896 after having built up to this momentous event by taking male-dominated classes earlier. Mary observed that children thrived in an environment where learning incorporated sensory skills. Through…