What constitutes an Olympian Educator?

In June 2012, we’ll be celebrating the concept of the ‘Olympian Educator’ with educators from across the world in a unique conference on London’s South Bank. As well as meeting diverse speakers and colleagues and sharing pedagogies, ideas and approaches from across the world, delegates will be able to visit London schools and meet – through the magic of the internet and the performing arts – ancient educators such as Socrates, Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky and Montessori.

But by Olympian, we don’t just mean schools with the highest visibility or schools with the highest performing pupils – but schools in which the efforts, talents and skills of the staff are making a real –Olympic – difference to local children’s and families lives.

So, to get the ball rolling, we’d like to know: what does being an Olympic Educator mean to you? Is it something in their training? Their performance? Their relationships with their students? Their pedagogy? The Olympic Educators Conference has kicked off now and will be a further 4 months in the making.

For further information or for the chance to be involved please see


or contact me at nowen.aspire@btconnect.com

Author: drnicko

Awarded an MBE for services to arts-based businesses, I am passionate about generating inspiring, socially engaging, creative practice within educational contexts both nationally and internationally.

2 thoughts on “What constitutes an Olympian Educator?”

  1. Excellent (!)
    Getting in touch with the history is critical-e.g. see some of Michael Fielding’s work on Alex Bloom.
    Can the Educators also be students? I would really like to see something powerful about intergenerational relationships and meaningful power shifts

  2. Hi Jane – yep, history is always critical 🙂

    i think they can definitely be students too! might you know of a friendly institution who might like to partner up with us? we’re working with about half a dozen schools on the south bank but the more the merrier….!

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