Tips for teachers: It depends how you count ’em.

“It depends how you count 'em…” has been a constant refrain through the cultural education exchange visit in Finland this week. Whether it’s golf courses in Espoo (7 or 8), municipalities in Helsinki (4 or 14) or lakes in Finland (187,888 plus or minus), it all depends on how you count them. For phenomena you … Continue reading Tips for teachers: It depends how you count ’em.

Don’t leave Space to the Professionals!

At last, Space, the final frontier between the knowing (the nudge nudge wink wink of the ironic inverted commas) and the unknowing has finally been breached. In his work on MoonGolfing, Tim Wright sums up the next era of the space race: or rather the space trudge given many of us aren't fit enough to … Continue reading Don’t leave Space to the Professionals!

Coming Closer to Home: what it’s like to live upside down.

When we were kids we'd occasionally get perplexed about how people could live upside down in Australia and not fall off the planet. Having two European guests, Anton and Srdjan,  take root in your home town, courtesy of a Youth in Action Grant, makes you realise that up-side-down-ness isn't about gravity at all but much … Continue reading Coming Closer to Home: what it’s like to live upside down.

Finding Faith: 500+ Reasons to be Cheerful at All Our Futures, Rio De Janeiro, October 2013

Reason 51 – 52: finding faith. The significance of faith schools in Brazil demands you take a closer look at the very notion of faith itself than you might feel comfortable with in the confines of the familiar secular set up we have in the UK. But whether you agree with the principle of faith … Continue reading Finding Faith: 500+ Reasons to be Cheerful at All Our Futures, Rio De Janeiro, October 2013

Calling Small Business in St. Lucia: Website Design and Development for E-Commerce

We’re delighted to announce that following support from the Ministry of Commerce and Business Development in St. Lucia, Aspire will be providing a five-day training programme in Website Development to be held at the GAMA Learning Institute located at L'Anse Road, Castries, St. Lucia. The course will provide learners with a step by step guide … Continue reading Calling Small Business in St. Lucia: Website Design and Development for E-Commerce

Welcoming young volunteers from Europe interested in Arts, Culture and Battleships

Aspire has received accreditation from the European Union to host young volunteers from Europe to come and work with us over the next two years on a range of community arts projects and productions. The volunteers will take part in the development of a live site-specific performance inspired by and based upon the silent film … Continue reading Welcoming young volunteers from Europe interested in Arts, Culture and Battleships

All Our Futures: International Educational Study Visit to Liverpool in partnership with the British Council Bulgaria and Aspire-India

All Our Futures is Aspire’s annual conference for international head teachers took place in Liverpool between 11 and 14 June 2013. The event aimed to introduce pedagogical practices which are being applied at various levels in English schools by providing participants with exclusive, intense immersive experiences in schools and do generate unique, high quality insights … Continue reading All Our Futures: International Educational Study Visit to Liverpool in partnership with the British Council Bulgaria and Aspire-India

Connecting up with yourself again: what would your older you say to your younger you?

We’ve met up for the third time in as many years, the old school class of 1968 – 75 from Rickmansworth GS, and again have come away with the usual mix of feelings - sobered that we may not all be able do this again given the place we’ve reached in our lives, cheered by … Continue reading Connecting up with yourself again: what would your older you say to your younger you?

Theresa May: clearly a woman who has never stood in a queue at Heathrow.

So, Mrs May, you want to forge trade links with Never Never Land and build another runway on a site which will soon stretch from Swindon to Basildon. Good for you. Trouble is Mrs May, the xenophobia and hostility of your party and its apparatchiks to anyone born south of Dover or east of Essex … Continue reading Theresa May: clearly a woman who has never stood in a queue at Heathrow.