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 →

Not Black & White: Bridging the citizen/authority gap

It was a treat to be working with West Midlands Police Small Heath neighbourhood team and the local community organisation Maandeeq last week at Birmingham City Football Club. Thank you to delegates, public services and 3rd sector representatives - and especially Birmingham City Football Club for the lovely venue. And, not least, to Sgts Neil... Continue Reading →

A lesson at the Association for Science Education

Ben and I presented our first joint session to Science teachers at the ASE conference in Birmingham yesterday; in spite of very positive feedback, it was a lesson that taught us something. First of all, I've always run my CPD with delegates playing the role of their own pupils. One reason is because Cooperative Learning... Continue Reading →

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