Defibrillating your Schemata: The most important thing this delegate learned at #CurriculumEd2019.

If unsure where to begin, start with Clare Sealy. Her lucid presentation on schemata is probably the best way to organise the sensory and cognitive overload of yesterday’s sun-blessed #CurriculumEd2019: Whether the organisers’ genuine commitment filtered through to every corner of the site or 800-years-plus of intellectual and spiritual residue in the buildings played a… Continue Reading →

Participatory Budgeting in Schools #2; Progressive Traditionalism?

At first glance, Participatory Budgeting would seem to fit snugly into the left-wing, child-empowering, progressive fold. At second glance, you might say that it sits equally well with the competition-driven Dragon’s Den of standard neo-liberal Enterprise Education.  But, like Katharine Birbalsingh, Participatory Budgeting defies categorisation and, as such, could open a liminal space for a… Continue Reading →

“Healing Fractures II – Beyond Birmingham?” #1 – video introduction

The first video from the educators’ workshop Healing Fractures II – Beyond Birmingham? during Islam Awareness Week 2015 now online. Opens video in new window. Also see Cooperative Learning & the Knowledge Café format: student-centred enquiry for adults “Healing Fractures II” video library here. Also see more on the Mona Siddiqui anecdote: Learning Wisely – Living Virtuously: From… Continue Reading →

Cooperative Learning & the Knowledge Café format: student-centred enquiry for adults

Last week saw a select group of educationalists and researchers from disparate backgrounds engaging the burning conundrum of education, community building, religion, identity, attainment and social cohesion in multicultural Britain. (See all related posts). The workshop enquired into various themes, including: systemic issues and the purpose of ‘modern’ education in secular post-modernity community building boundaries;… Continue Reading →

21st Century British Muslim – solved?

I want to thank attendees at yesterdays presentation of 21st Century British Muslim – the solution? and the staff at Date Valley School, London, for providing a venue for the first run of this event for the Association of Muslim Schools. This course is designed for faith schools looking to meet latest requirements related to SMSC, safeguarding and British… Continue Reading →

Bad Arguments; Arming our children’s minds

I have long wanted to introduce the online resource Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments.  We have already discussed in numerous posts the the importance of logic and critical thinking, and how these tie to rhetoric. An email from a Birmingham RE teacher seeking advice finally got me to do something about it. I originally came across… Continue Reading →

No way back to Kansas: The wider context of Thursday’s course

“Mr Werdelin has developed a propitious educational project whose significance is as far reaching as its necessity in today’s big education debates…” – Mujadad Zaman, MPhil Educational Research Methods, PhD student candidate at the Faculty of Education, Cambridge University. *   For the benefit of attendees of Islam in RE: Religious Literacy & Controversy Through Enquiry this coming… Continue Reading →

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