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Education for Living

Education for Living

“Education,” in the words of John Dewey, “is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.” Under the direction of our politicians, our education system demands that children make relentless progress and reach higher targets at a younger age. Rather than meeting the needs […]

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Vulnerability in the Classroom

Researchers have found that 85% of men and women remember something so shaming from their school experience that it changed how they think of themselves as learners. As a five year old I was handed a slip of paper to signal that my singing wouldn’t be needed […]

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Why are Exams so Damaging?

Over the course of the last few weeks in England, young people have received their A-Level and GCSE results. Some celebrated successes and believed that their several years’ hard work had truly paid off, some felt somewhat disappointed about the outcome despite the work put in, and […]

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Slow Education: Giving children time to learn

Slow Education: Giving children time to learn

The notion of ‘Slow Food’ inspired a global movement when hamburgers came head to head with the culinary heritage of Italy more than two decades ago. Since then, ‘Slow’ has become something of a cultural revolution – encompassing not just food but travel, product design, town planning, […]

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The Keys to Motivation

The Keys to Motivation

In his book Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink makes the point that “Carrots & sticks are so last century… for 21st century work, we need to upgrade to autonomy, mastery & purpose.” Pink draws on four decades of research from behavioural studies […]

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Empathy: Our Greatest Teacher?

Empathy: Our Greatest Teacher?

There is a quiet revolution taking place. While stories of violence, cruelty and inequality play out each day on our TV screens, there is a gentle uprising of hope. Politicians and business leaders, neuroscientists and philosophers, educators and economists are converging on a simple idea – when […]

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Learning from Shakespeare

Learning from Shakespeare

Everyone’s talking about Shakespeare these days. This Spring saw his 450th birthday and the inaugural National Shakespeare Week, dedicated to inspiring primary school children with a love and understanding of The Bard. To do, or not to do Shakespeare in school is a question guaranteed to spark […]

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Promoting Creativity in Schools

Promoting Creativity in Schools

When Sir Ken Robinson first recorded his now infamous TED Talk, “How School’s Kill Creativity”, his ideas and observations touched a collective nerve across the globe. Seven years and over 17 million viewings later, the talk continues to top the TED rankings and inspire teachers, parents and […]

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Creative Classrooms

Creative Classrooms

How is art taught at your school? At Lewes New School, art and creativity are highly valued as an integral and natural part of daily life. We favour a ‘curiosity-led’ approach to learning, where teachers and children work together to co-create a project-based curriculum that is relevant […]

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Being and Becoming

Being and Becoming

There is a growing call, amidst the clamour for standardised testing and raising standards, for an approach to education that holds at its heart the intention to inspire creativity, nurture curiosity and promote wellbeing. Within this call is an acknowledgement that learning is a social process not […]

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