Participatory Budgeting in Schools#8: Miss Jones gets education into character at CurriculumEd2019.

Know your Value: An introduction to what I found to be the most impactful session of Saturday's wonderful event. And given that the list of speakers included Sean Harford, Christine Counsell and Clare Sealy, that does say something for Miss Hollie Jones, Lead for SMSC and Character Education at Joseph Leckie Academy. Building restraint -... Continue Reading →

Participatory Budgeting in Schools#7: In the bright light of Rosenshine

Something as true-to-life as Participatory Budgeting in schools will invariably need to include some Project-Based Learning components across multiple work-groups simultaneously - So, how does that measure up to Barak Rosenshine's principles of instruction? The task for the mixed group of delegates on 20 May was to understand Participatory Budgeting as a concept to combine... Continue Reading →

Participatory Budgeting in Schools#6: “Participatory-Project-Learning-Thingie…?” – The counter-kerfuffle

For reasons outlined in the previous post on the shortcomings of EduTwitter, I am convinced that only by meeting in the controlled and safe environment of a Co-creative Conversation can antagonists successfully meet across the troubled waters of the education debate. [ 1-minute read ] With this in mind, Shared Future and I were quite... Continue Reading →

Participatory Budgeting in Schools#3: First baby-steps.

This is the first in a new series of one-minute reads on the outcomes of Monday’s workshop Empowering KS2-5 Learners through Participatory Budgeting: How do we up-skill learners to generate, present and vote for proposals on how to best spend a slice of the school budget? (And meet an endless range of curriculum objectives in... 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 →

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