An Education Innovations Consultancy

The Skills Lab

The Skills Lab is an Education Innovations Consultancy which facilitates cultural change in education to allow children to develop the character skills they need to lead successful lives.

What we believe...

We believe that education needs to change profoundly to equip children with the character skills that will help them lead successful lives.

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What we do...

We provide the tools, training and expertise; supporting the idea that systemic change in schools is normal.

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What we think...

Read our latest news, thoughts and critique on education in the UK and globally and (sometime) society.

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Character - a programme for success

Non-cognitive (or soft) skills of perseverance and self-management drive academic success. This break through idea derived from a great deal of psychological research has helped us develop a programme for pupils to achieve good academic results and sustain themselves beyond schools.

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Metrics - develop business intelligence systems

Businesses use intelligence systems to understand and target their customers. It is rare for schools to undertake such work. The Skills Lab recognises that Business Intelligence is not simply about installing software. Instead it is a significant cultural change programme where teachers begin to look at the child beyond their attainment data. We design such programmes and run them too if required.

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Ethnography - understand underlying culture

Ethnography is the research process which observe and study human behaviour in context. Businesses and mareketing companies have used this to gain valuable insight and an insider perspective of a customer’s values, beliefs, and behaviours.  The Skills Lab uses ethnography to help teachers and managers understand the different groups of students within school and their particular needs. We can help target children who need most help.

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Active Inquiry - innovate for better outcomes

Active inquiry is is a reflective process of progressive problem which improved practice whilst teachers actively participate in organisational change. Teachers work as part of a “community of practice” to improve the way they address issues and solve problems. The Skills Lab uses innovation processes from the world of Design Thinking to facilitates school staff to undertake a process active inquiry whilst undertaking a school improvement project.

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Spaces - re-imagine the learning environment

Spaces can affect our behaviour; impact the outcome of our experiences and productivity. Businesses have long been aware that in order to develop key skills in their employees and create collaborative, creative and productive teams – they need to invest in spaces, both physical and online, that allows a culture of collaboration to flourish. We have worked with leading architects and construction companies to rethink new and existing spaces. We provide training to teachers on how to best use these spaces. working

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School of the future - design, build and run a school fit for purpose

The current school system serves a by-gone industrial era producing workers who were basically skilled and highly compliant.  The new economy needs different skills sets. We can work with you to create a school which exemplifies a full scale re-think of how a school is built, organised and run.

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Latest News

Dr Gerry Speaking to Chinese School Principals on ‘Technology Changes Lives – Leading the Future with Education’

Dr Gerry Speaking to 1,000 School Principlals in Chendgu Province, China

The Chendgu Bureau of Education recently invited Dr Gerry to speak to 1,000 School Principals about the role of technology in education.

The following blog was written (in Chinese) as a reflection to Dr. Gerry’s Key Note speech