Can we provide an excellent cultural education without involving schools?

As Nigel Molesworth might have said in Back in the Jug Agane 'any fule kno' that trying to involve schools in anything but their core business of delivering the national curriculum like milkmen used to deliver the daily pinta, teaching to the test, climbing up the league tables, providing full wrap around care 247, being … Continue reading Can we provide an excellent cultural education without involving schools?

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.

Tips for teachers: It’s the littlest things that make a difference.

We're planning an archaeological dig this weekend on Walney Island in Cumbria and are about to welcome a group of thirty year 5 children on Monday to come and see the site, get their hands dirty and begin to wrestle with the skills needed to interpret the dirty old unseen history that has been buried … Continue reading Tips for teachers: It’s the littlest things that make a difference.

Questions for teachers: what’s your Galileo moment?

Jumping out of our archive today was the "Galileo - and still it moves" project. This involved working with a group of year 5 children to explore the planets and in doing so, develop their literacy skills: particularly their speaking, listening and writing skills. We started off by exploring Galileo and what he went through … Continue reading Questions for teachers: what’s your Galileo moment?

Calling all schools: Aspire to present at Advantage Oman Competitiveness Forum in Muscat, Oman.

His Highness Sayyid Faisal Al Said, Chairperson, Advantage Oman has recently invited our director, Dr. Nick Owen MBE to present at the Advantage Oman Competitiveness Forum to be held between 30 November and 5 December 2013 in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. ‘Advantage Oman’ an international competitiveness forum to discuss the critical importance of identity and … Continue reading Calling all schools: Aspire to present at Advantage Oman Competitiveness Forum in Muscat, Oman.

Back to school armed with weapons of mass destruction and learnings of the third kind.

It's a new school year and memories of tests failed, repeated years and thwarted ambitions waft through the air again as the leaves start to turn, the air chills and the first signs of Christmas appear on the supermarket shelves. What did we learn from our summer break that will see us through the darkening … Continue reading Back to school armed with weapons of mass destruction and learnings of the third kind.

Answering the questions of your 10 year old self: 500+ Reasons to be Cheerful at All Our Futures, Rio De Janeiro, October 2013

Reasons 53 -  83: Answering the questions of your 10 year old self We go back to school and invariably revisit our youth and think why do we do what we do?  What would we do differently?  And what would we say to ourselves if we met ourselves in the playground? If we’re working in … Continue reading Answering the questions of your 10 year old self: 500+ Reasons to be Cheerful at All Our Futures, Rio De Janeiro, October 2013

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

Forgetting new words in surprisingly old ways: 500+ Reasons to be Cheerful at All Our Futures, Rio De Janeiro, October 2013

Reasons 38.5 – 50: Forgetting new words in surprisingly old ways. Clearly, coming to Brazil is going to involve your engagement with the Portuguese language and over the last few days I have managed to up my vocabulary from a big fat zero words to a massive 12. These are, unsurprisingly, the words for school, … Continue reading Forgetting new words in surprisingly old ways: 500+ Reasons to be Cheerful at All Our Futures, Rio De Janeiro, October 2013