Thought Pieces

Thought Pieces

Short, sharp pieces with snippets useful for assemblies, staff insets and governors’ meetings. Published twice/ year.

Latest Thought Pieces SPRING 2020

Join the debate: Will soft skills be highly employable in an automated age? Will biases in AI destroy society? Can education measure soft skills? Will the Chinese curriculum win?

Join us at the 2020 FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival Education Leaders Conference

ASCENT OR DECLINE? EDUCATING THE WESTERN MIND IN AN AGE OF CHINA, TECH AND AI

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Research

STEER provides unique and otherwise unavailable insight into emerging national adolescent development trends.

Tracking 50,000 pupils biannually, STEER is in the privileged position of harvesting and curating one of the largest chronological databases of adolescent cognitive, social & emotional development in the country. From this we can publish emerging finds, trends and insights.

Every child has a mind with both an engine and steering. We measure how the steering of a child's mind develops using pioneering technologies such as AS Tracking. To our client schools, we then provide specific signposts to teach each of their children how to steer.

But our steering data provides not only specific signposts for our clients, but also national signposts for the whole sector. We are able to publish the developing patterns of thinking, relating and feeling that we are observing in children from the UK and internationally, across our database of five years tracking data, from now more than 80 schools.

Our goal is to provide intelligence to the sector which might otherwise be unavailable. We tend to write about less well known problems linked to widely used practices. For example, the impact of Google on memory; differences in mental health risks for boys and girls; the unconscious effects of social priming on school effectiveness.

We also try to write about what is relevant to the role of being a Head, not just what is interesting to our research. For example, we’ve written about pastoral care under the pressures of the market, or from a Chinese parental perspective; or with pressure from academies.

If you are a Head and you would like to be included on the mailing list for the next series of Thought Pieces, please send an email to fiona@steer.global