Tag Archives: imagination

Drawing a Line with Chris Riddell: Children’s Laureate 2015-17

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“Do you have hands? Excellent. That’s a good start. Can you hold a pencil? Great. If you have a sketchbook, open it and start by making a line, a mark, wherever. Doodle. Take a line for a walk, as Paul … Continue reading

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“More than a checklist of competences” – Guardian editorial on education

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Still feeling dismayed by the hard-line ‘traditionalist’ element at the London Festival of Education (#LFE15) we invite readers to insert the word ‘schools’ wherever ‘universities’ and ‘higher education’ occur in this recent Guardian editorial: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/27/guardian-view-on-higher-education-beyond-bean-counters The noble idea that a … Continue reading

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Free Schools in a Digital Age

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Continuing with the Free School theme this week, there would appear to be three common reasons why someone would want to open a new school that’s publicly funded and operates alongside existing school provision even where there are already sufficient … Continue reading

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Blowing in the Wind: Let the Children Play

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Today the mid and southern parts of England and Wales are feeling the effects of the “St. Jude” storm, with power cables broken, trees uprooted and general chaos happening across the nation. In the main, children are on their half-term … Continue reading

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Personalised Learning and Martha Payne

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What kills curiosity, innovation and imagination? One could argue that a rigid, over-organised curriculum which is imposed on children and young people does precisely that. Enabling children to learn for themselves through their own real interests has to be the … Continue reading

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How Can We Teach Creativity?

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What is creativity? Can it be taught? Can you teach teachers how to teach creativity? Or is creativity something that’s intrinsic – either you are creative or you’re not? As a child, I couldn’t draw. As an adult I’m relatively … Continue reading

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