Category: New Thinking & Curriculum Reform

Children’s commissioner’s stirring call for a new settlement for children

The children’s commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, has just published the results of the ‘Big Ask’, the biggest ever survey of children anywhere in the world, with over half a million responses. In her foreword she talks of a “heroic generation …… Continue Reading “Children’s commissioner’s stirring call for a new settlement for children”

Global Empathy Conference 2021

The online 2021 Global Empathy Conference, organised by Virtual School Australia, is on Saturday 11 September and Sunday 12 September, with a special opening event on Friday 10 September. It offers “highly acclaimed Australian and international guest speakers, educators, professionals from all fields of work,… Continue Reading “Global Empathy Conference 2021”

Passionate about change? Write a blogpost and share your ideas

Are you a changemaker? Are you passionate about wanting to build a better future for our children? Why not contribute a ‘guest’ blogpost to our website, setting out your ideas on the changes that you would like to see? We would love to hear… Continue Reading “Passionate about change? Write a blogpost and share your ideas”

Every child deserves the chance to experience awe and wonder

It is probably Hollywood’s most enduring movie myth, that when the director of The Greatest Story Ever Told suggested to John Wayne (in a cameo role as the Roman centurion guarding the dying Jesus on the cross) that he deliver the line ‘Truly he… Continue Reading “Every child deserves the chance to experience awe and wonder”

Quality not quantity: focus catch-up plans on how children learn best

QUALITY NOT QUANTITY: FOCUS CATCH-UP PLANS ON HOW CHILDREN LEARN BEST

A focus on developing enquiry skills will help with lifelong learning

“Quadruped. Graminivorous. Forty teeth, namely twenty-four grinders, four eye-teeth, and twelve incisive.” So begins a child’s automated response to the headmaster Thomas Gradgrind’s request in Hard Times for the definition of a horse. In the “nothing but Facts” Gradgrindian worldview Dickens brilliantly captures the… Continue Reading “A focus on developing enquiry skills will help with lifelong learning”

Woodland Trust adds its voice to calls for environmental education reform

A first-of-its-kind report from the Woodland Trust on the state of the UK’s woods and trees is calling for key changes in environmental education, including its inclusion in “core teaching curricula”, the allocation of guaranteed time for outdoor learning and the provision of nature… Continue Reading “Woodland Trust adds its voice to calls for environmental education reform”

‘JONK’ is an intriguing approach to improving children’s learning

‘The joy of not knowing’ might seem like an odd, even somewhat counterintuitive, statement to make in the context of a discussion about learning — after all, most people probably think about education in terms of the acquisition of knowledge — but it is… Continue Reading “‘JONK’ is an intriguing approach to improving children’s learning”

A young person’s stirring call for radical new thinking in education

Kayhan Ali is currently young mayor of Enfield. He is an articulate and engaging 17-year-old with big ideas and big ambitions. In particular, he has clear ideas about the failings of the current education system and of the new thinking that is required. If… Continue Reading “A young person’s stirring call for radical new thinking in education”

School-led reforms to improve levels of engagement and interest

Schools across England are involved in initiatives to improve levels of pupil interest and engagement by modifying what they teach to better reflect the demographic makeup, background and concerns of the local communities they serve. For example, according to an article in The Guardian… Continue Reading “School-led reforms to improve levels of engagement and interest”