Where does great learning happen?

10% outside the comfort zone
Andy Homden, CEO Consilium Education

Andy Homden, CEO Consilium Education

When does the best learning take place? The most concise answer I have heard to this question over the years is that students learn best when they are 10% outside their comfort zone. It makes sense. If they remain comfortably inside the zone and are doing “busy work” that does not challenge them; by definition they are not learning. If they are too far away from their zone and asked to do something for which they are not ready because the required skills and prior knowledge are not in place, they can panic, despair or give up. In Martin Skelton’s words, this feels like “drowning” and learning fails.

Read More

Vision, mission and strategy

In search of dynamic stability

Andy Homden 5

In order to be successful, organisations have to solve a paradox: they have to be both stable, while at the same time open to change. Andy Homden explains that in order to solve this problem and plan effectively for the long term, “Vision”, “Mission” and “Strategy” need clear definition. If used properly, these terms set the foundations for moving a school from “Good” to “Great”. 

Contact Andy to discuss training or facilitation for Strategic Planning

Read More