Life-based learning channels all subject learning through its nine life themes for children between the ages of 5 and 11. One of the life themes is the introduction to the concept and practice of pupils growing up to be participating members of the community in proactive ways.
It is a concept given, as yet, only token attention by schools. The question is, ‘What constitutes genuine practice?’
Well, there is an example I came across on the internet – a superb example.
The ‘Standing Ovation Project’ works with schools to raise self-esteem and confidence of children through the creative arts. In 2017, it won Outstanding Contribution to Local Community at the Education Awards in association with Birmingham City University.
I am not sure how active the project is in the current circumstances, but that does not detract from its description of how it has worked and can work.
The image at the head of this article is by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.