Alternative Ed Futures

Centre for Personalised Education

        Learning Exchange (LEX) – Alternative Educational Futures

           Saturday 25th March 1030-1630

           Twitter: #AlternativeEducationalFutures

Venue : Walsall College Hub

After our enormously successful Centre for Personalised Education Alternative Educational Futures Conference last June at Birmingham City University join us for our latest Learning Exchange (LEX) event. We have a diverse line up and interesting themes running throughout the day. Come along and listen, question, contribute, talk, network and enjoy!

Dr Rachel Sara LewisRadicalisation in Education. Peter Humphreys – Centre for Personalised Education. Emma DykeFlexischooling update. Dr Harriet Pattison – Some Reflections on Fundamental British Values and the Alternative. Nikki O’Rourke‘Curious Minds’ Pop-up Learning Space / Re-imagining School / Self-directed Education.  Dr Tim Rudd – Negotiating Neoliberalism. Developing Alternative Educational Visions. Fiona Beavan – PhD research: Transition at 5 years to Full-time School. Alison Sauer – Home Education – the Spectrum. Mike Wood – Regulation: An Anathema to Self-directed Education.

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Contributors

Fiona Beavan

Fiona is a lecturer in Further Education, home educator and trustee/director of the Centre for Personalised Education. Fiona is embarking on her PhD into Transition at 5 years to Full-time School. Mum to eleven lovely children. Fiona has an MA in a Early Childhood and is director/ founder of charity Joshua’s Boxes. Facebook Groups – Centre for Personalised Education

Emma Dyke

Emma is a home educator and trustee/director of the Centre for Personalised Education. Emma leads and co-ordinates the Flexischooling Strategy Group and moderates and supports the Flexischooling Facebook forums. She is currently working with Peter Humphreys and Alison Sauer on a Flexischooling Handbook for parents, learners and schools. Facebook Groups – Flexischooling Families UK, Flexischooling Practitioners, Flexischooling.

Peter Humphreys

Peter is Chair, trustee and a director of the Centre for Personalised Education – Personalised Education Now (CPE-PEN). Peter spent 25 years as a primary teacher, 10 years as Headteacher going on to work as an educational consultant covering roles in local authority advisory service, the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) and Futurelab. He is a visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University in teacher education. Peter co-authored the 2005 Futurelab Report: Personalisation and Digital Technologies and the Learner’s Charter for a Personalised Learning Environment following in 2006 with his own article Towards a Personalised Educational Landscape. Other writing includes: Personalised Education: A Framework for Evaluation and Educational Reconstruction, in Taking Choice Seriously, Webster, M (2008); a Futurelab report:  Fountaineers: Exploring the impact of a whole-school co-design project Emerging issues and implications for pedagogy, curriculum and learning space design (2009).  He was editor of the CPE-PEN Journal 2004-2016 writing regularly… Personalised Education, (2004); Landscapes, Travellers and Technology, (2005); Recycling Schools, Special Journal (2007); Evolutionary Development …letting it grow, (2009); BBC’s ‘The Classroom Experiment – obscuring the real issues (2011);  Flexischoolng,  Special Journal (2012); Flexischooling Guidance, Special Journal (2012); Christopher Shute, Special Journal (2013); Philip Toogood, Special Journal (2013); Roland Meighan, Special Journal (2014); Personalised Education and Co-operation. Connections, Journal of Co-operative Studies. Special Ed. Co-operative Learning in Education. Vol 44. No.3 (2011). Peter’s most recent work includes Rethinking Learning and Lives 2040: Educational Technologies and Personalised Learning Landscapes (2014) and Neoliberal Schooling, Dehumanisation and an Education (2017) in Rudd, T. & Goodson, I. F. [Eds.] (2017). Negotiating Neoliberalism: Developing Alternative Educational Visions. Sense Publishers. Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei.

Centre for Personalised Education – Personalised Education Now.

Facebook Groups – Centre for Personalised Education, Flexischooling Families UK, Flexischooling Practitioners, Flexischooling. Twitter: Centre for Person Ed @cpe_pen

Dr Rachel Sara Lewis

Forever practicing to be perfect Muslim, qualified secondary school religious studies teacher, with a PhD in theology. Education activist, home educating mother of four, an avid traveller living and working in Leeds. As a home educating parent I look at education from the perspective that it is my right and my choice to educate my children within the ‘village’ of my choice, but I respect the choice of others to send their children to school and reserve the right to do so myself within stringent perimeters. Education is a passion of mine and I enjoy it so much, that I open my home up to paying customers while tutoring those in my community who cannot afford to pay.

Nikki O’Rourke

Nikki’s Twitter feed states she is an education geek and slightly neurotic mum to two lovely/lively little boys. She is also a qualified primary, early years’ teacher. She has had varied experience in state education from nurturing to less so. Nikki stopped teaching 7 years ago, when she became a mother. She later tried to set up a free school.. Nikki is currently a home educator and working looking to set up the ‘Curious Minds’ Pop-up Learning Space / Re-imagining School / Self-directed Education. Nikki is a trustee / director of the Centre for Personalised Education. Facebook Groups – Centre for Personalised Education.

Dr Harriet Pattison

I am now an erstwhile home educator lecturing in the Early Childhood Department at Liverpool Hope University and flying the flag of the alternative to a surprisingly receptive audience.  I completed my doctoral thesis on home educated children learning to read and am very pleased to be finally able to return this work to the home educating community who made it possible.  It has been a work of endless fascination to me and I shall be continuing to write and think about reading and the wider implications of the research in the time ahead.  I have also become equally fascinated by the philosophy of the alternative and am developing work in this area too.  My writing includes: Pattison, H (2016) Education and the Time of our Lives in Other Education Special Issue ed N. Peim. (forthcoming) ; Pattison, H and Thomas A (2016) Great Expectations:  Agenda and Authority in Technological, Hidden and Cultural  Curriculums in eds  Noddings, N and Lees, H in Palgrave International Handbook of Alternative Education Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan; Pattison, H (2015) How to Desire Differently: Home Education as a Heterotopia in The Journal of Philosophy of Education,  (49)  4; Thomas, A and Pattison, H (2015) The Informal Acquisition and Development of Literacy in: P. Rothermel (Ed.) International Perspectives on Home Education, Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan; Thomas, A. & Pattison, H. (2013) Informal home education: philosophical aspirations put into practice. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 32, 141-154

http://www.othereducation.org/index.php/OE Harriet’s latest title is Pattison, H (2016) Rethinking Learning to Read: The Challenge from Children Educated at Home. Educational Heretics Press.

Dr Tim Rudd

Tim was Head of Evidence and Research at the British Educational and Communications Technology Agency (Becta) and then appointed Senior Researcher at Futurelab, a world leading research and development charity focussing on innovation and educational transformation utilising new technologies. Currently, Tim is Principal Lecturer at the Education Research Centre at the University of Brighton. His research interests include: the sociology of education; educational technology; the politics and ideology of educational technology; learner voice and empowerment; alternative educational discourse and practice; and equity and social justice in education.

Tim is currently working on research activities relating to: ‘critical perspectives on educational technology’, and ‘resisting neo liberal education and alternative educational discourse, systems and practice’.

Rudd, T. & Goodson, I. F. [Eds.] (2017). Negotiating Neoliberalism: Developing Alternative Educational Visions. Sense Publishers. Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei.

http://about.brighton.ac.uk/education/contact/details.php?uid=tpr10

http://www.livelab.org.uk/page2.htm

Alison Sauer (F. Inst. Pa.)

Alison Sauer has been practising in the area of home education for approximately 17 years. She has provided training to local authorities on the law and practice of home education and their duties in that regard, for much of the past 12 years. She provides an advisory service along with Wendy Charles Warner for home educating parents involving, amongst other aspects, independent, third party assessment of educational provision and writing expert reports in respect of the standard of that provision, to local authorities and the courts. The advice also extends to supporting home educating families in their dealings with social services and other agencies. She is a trustee for ‘The Centre for Personalised Education’. On several occasions over last 5 years she has given witness evidence to the House of Commons Education Select Committee on the subject of home education. She has also acted as an advisor on home education law and practice to NGOs in the UK and abroad.  Alison additionally campaigns for and supports families and schools in developing flexischooling. Alison is currently working with Peter Humphreys and Emma Dyke on a Flexischooling Handbook for parents, learners and schools. 

Facebook Groups: Home Education and your Local Authority: Help with dealing with officialdom, https://www.facebook.com/groups/239232119524989/  Flexischooling Families UK, Flexischooling Practitioners, Flexischooling, Centre for Personalised Education.

Mike Wood

Mike is an experienced home educator, author, researcher, speaker and publisher. Mike runs Home Education UK, the largest home education support site in the country. Mike runs Educational Heretics Press and is developing a broader web presence and is moving into eBooks alongside hard copy contents. Mike’s own books include his research on home-based education: The Face of Home-based Education 1, 2005; The Face of Home-based Education 2, 2006; Can’t Go Won’t Go, 2007. His latest work  – all published with Educational Heretics Press.

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PROGRAMME

  • 1030-1100 Arrival, registration, refreshments, networking, bookstall (Educational Heretics Press).
  • 1100 –1110 Centre for Personalised Education, welcome, domestics. Peter Humphreys
  • 1110-1130 Radicalisation in Education input. Dr Rachel Sara Lewis
  • 1130-1230 Radicalisation discussion.
  • 1230-1315 Lunch, refreshments, networking, bookstall (Educational Heretics Press)
  • 1315-1325 Centre for Personalised Education. Current activity. Peter Humphreys
  • 1325-1335 Centre for Personalised Education Flexischooling update, social media, website section, e-handbook. Emma Dyke / Peter Humphreys
  • 1335-1415 Some reflections on Fundamental British Values and the Alternative. Dr Harriet Pattison
  • 1415-1440 ‘Curious Minds’ Pop up Learning Space Re-imagining School / Self -directed Education- Nikki O’Rourke
  • 1440-1500 Negotiating Neoliberalism – Dr Tim Rudd
  • 1500-1520 Doctoral Research. Transition at 5 years old to Full-time Education – Fiona Beavan
  • 1520-1540 The Home Education SpectrumAlison Sauer
  • 1540-1600 Regulation: An anathema to Self-Directed Education – Mike Wood
  • 1600-1630 Final Comments. Peter Humphreys. Refreshments, networking, bookstall (Educational Heretics Press)

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Audience

  • 60… Inclusive of academics, teachers, other educators, students, parents and learners from the mainstream and alternatives and interested citizens. Rather than talking within bubbles and silos we seek to network these constituencies.  Learning with and from each other creating a shared dialogue, mutual respect and understanding whilst generating visions of a future personalised, educational landscape. Listen, question, contribute, talk, network, enjoy!

Venue

Accessibility

  • The venue is disability accessible with gentle ramps from the outside. The event room is first floor but disability accessible with lifts.
  • There are disabled toilet facilities

Car Parking

  • There is secure on campus car parking at the rear of the College Hub. Press the intercom at barrier and explain you are attending the event you will then have access.

Children

  • We do not have a dedicated crèche and if attending, young children will be the responsibility of parents. There are a number of common areas that children / parents / guardians could use. Walsall town centre with every shop imaginable is just 5 mins away.
  • Cultural attractions close by…. The world famous Walsall New Art Gallery (5 mins walk) ; the  Walsall Leather Museum (2 mins walk) Light Cinema (5 mins)  Walsall Library (inc Children’s library) (5 mins walk), Walsall Arboretum (amazing park, café etc) (5 mins walk)

Refreshments and Food

  • We try to keep costs to a minimum. Participants can choose to purchase their own lunchtime refreshments and food from a ground floor food outlet, alternatively, attendees can bring their own sandwiches and eat in the event rooms / other Hub areas.
  • CPE will provide drinks (tea/coffee/water/ juice etc.) throughout the event and on arrival, lunchtime and at the end of the programme.

Security

  • All participants will need a learning badge (collect on arrival) to move in / out and around the building. Please return these at the end of the day.

Costs

  • – Current Centre for Personalised Education paid up members: FREE
  • – Non CPE Members. We have a sliding scale. A minimum of £6 per adult but we would welcome £11 / £16 according to your ability to pay. (Children and young people free).

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Alternative Educational Futures Conference  #alternativeeducationalfutures

The Centre for Personalised Education Presents

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATIONAL FUTURES

A day conference in memory of two radical educators Prof Roland Meighan (1937-2014) and Philip Toogood (1935-2013)

Friday 17 June 2016 – 0900 to 1700

Birmingham City University, Baker Building, City North Campus, Perry Barr, Birmingham B42 2SU

http://www.bcu.ac.uk/about-us/maps-and-campuses/city-north-campus

The conference seeks to provide delegates with some inspirational appetisers into the world of alternative education, alternative thinking and educational futures. Positive, celebratory, drawing on the past and the current, but futures-orientated. An opportunity to suspend current narrow thinking and get a real educational ‘detox’. The conference will be fast moving – speed dating with alternative thinking leaving participants asking questions and wanting more!

Sally Alexander – The Kimichi School vision. Dr Leslie Barson – Forget learning and education, let’s dance! Dr Hilary CreminReclaiming peace education for the twenty-first century; towards global perspectives grounded in trans-rationality. Dr Ian CunninghamSelf-managed learning made difficult. Fred Garnett WikiQuals; Self-accredited learning and personalised learning environments. Cathryn Gathercole – Sharing learning from ‘Young people on the global stage; their education and their influence’. David Gribble – The importance of accepting variety. Professor Clive Harber – Can authoritarian and violent schools educate for peace and democracy? Derry Hannam – The growing network of Sudbury Model schools in Europe and their non-existence in England.  Dr Richard House and Josie Alwyn – Steiner education. Peter Humphreys – Professor Roland Meighan and Philip Toogood. Clare Lawrence – Flexischooling and the child with autism; why might it work?   Janette Mountford-Lees and Lynda O’Sullivan – Flexischooling at Hollinsclough Primary Academy and Q&A Panel. Dr Harriet Pattison – Home-based education and learning to read (title tbc). Anna Rogozinska – Community education, Caldmore Community Garden. Dr Tim Rudd – Negotiating neo-Liberalism; towards a concept of ‘Refraction’. Alison Sauer Home-based education and Q&A Panel.  StateofEducation – Reflections on experience of critical pedagogy in the classroom. Dr Bernard Trafford – ‘Still rearranging the deckchairs?’  Mark Webster – Finding Voices Making Choices; art and creativity as a means to promote positive social change. Mike Wood – Home Education; the importance of published research to those on the ground (title tbc)

Audience

  • 100, Inclusive of academics, teachers, other educators, students, parents and learners from the mainstream and alternatives.

Costs

  • Birmingham City University staff / student allocation – free (first come, first served) thereafter £30
  • Centre for Personalised Education  paid up members free (if interested ask for details when requesting booking information – £25 per year/£12 unwaged)
  • All other interested participants £30

We anticipate this will be a popular event so please book your place early. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

More Details:

Booking / Conference Information – Please contact Peter Humphreys at

E: personalisededucationnow@blueyonder.co.uk  /  Peter.Humphreys@bcu.ac.uk 

or telephone: 01922 624097

 Conference Aims

  • Honour the work and memory of two great educators – Prof Roland Meighan and Philip Toogood.
  • To promote alternative educational narratives.
  • To explore educational alternatives and learning that promotes a critical pedagogy, personalisation and the development of democracy.
  • To celebrate and develop educational approaches built around the learner.
  • Develop effective strategies for resistance against the current neoliberal educational project.
  • To network the networks.
  • To offer a mixture of presentations / workshops / question and answer / discussion formats
  • To communicate inclusively with educators, academics, families, learners, and interested citizens.

Inputs

The conference draws upon a wide range of themes from alternative educational thinking. They are not exhaustive but illustrative of looking at things differently.

  • Alternative schools / philosophies
  • Democratic Education
  • Development Education
  • Digital Technologies and Educational futures
  • Educational Heretics Press
  • Flexischooling
  • Home-based Education
  • Informal / Community Education
  • Learner-managed learning
  • Peace Education / Conflict Resolution / Human Rights
  • Professor Roland Meighan / Philip Toogood
  • Resisting Neoliberal Education
  • Self-Managed Learning
  • Student Voice

Bookstalls

  • Educational Heretics Press
  • LibEd (Libertarian Education)

Costs

  • Birmingham City University staff / student allocation – free (first come, first served) thereafter £30
  • Centre for Personalised Education  paid up members free (if interested ask for details when requesting booking information – £25 per year / £12 unwaged)
  • All other interested participants £30

More Details:

Booking / Conference Information – Please contact Peter Humphreys at

E: personalisededucationnow@blueyonder.co.uk  /  Peter.Humphreys@bcu.ac.uk 

or telephone: 01922 624097

 Twitter: #AlternativeEducationalFutures

Contributors

Sally Alexander Sally is headteacher of Kimichi School a new independent school aiming to develop a music based centre of learning that uses the medium of music to inspire and educate our young people.

Josie Alwyn Josie has been teaching in Steiner Waldorf education since 1975 and has considerable experience in teacher training. Josie works for the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship, is co-director of the London Waldorf Teacher Training Seminar, and is also a trustee of the London Waldorf Trust.

Dr Leslie Barson Leslie is an experienced home educator and pioneer with home educating support groups.

Dr Hilary Cremin Dr Hilary Cremin is a Senior Lecturer at Cambridge University (Faculty of Education) who researches and teaches in the areas peace education and conflict resolution in schools and communities internationally.

Dr Ian Cunningham Ian is Chair of the Self Managed Learning College in Brighton. The SMLC is a unique educational organisation that supports young people (aged 7-16) in managing their own learning.

Fred Garnett Fred is currently Research Associate London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London.’ In Russia Fred is known as the “scientist of self-education”.

Cathryn Gathercole For the last six years Cathryn has been the Director of Tide~global learning. This is a teachers’ network who believe young people have an entitlement to global learning, developing their own understanding through engagement with global issues.

David Gribble David is Co-ordinator of the International Democratic Education Network (IDEN), Editor for the Lib Ed collective and member of the Editorial board of Other Education.

Derry Hannam He has worked widely with many European school student organisations on the issue of school democracy.

Dr Richard House Dr Richard House Richard House MA [Oxon], Ph.D., C.Psychol., AFBPsS, CertCouns is a chartered psychologist and former Senior Lecturer at the Universities of Roehampton (Psychology) and Winchester (Education). Richard is a co-founder of the Open EYE early years campaign (2007-12) and of Early Childhood Action.

Peter Humphreys Peter is an experienced primary educator and headteacher. He is Chair, trustee and a director of the Centre for Personalised Education – Personalised Education Now. He currently works for Birmingham City University with teacher education.

Clare Lawrence Clare is researching autism and flexischooling approaches for her PhD and currently works as a senior lecturer in education at Sheffield Hallam University. She has two children, one of whom has autism, and works part-time for the National Autistic Society.

Prof Clive Harber Clive Harber is Emeritus Professor of International Education.. He has recently completed books on education, democracy and development; education in southern Africa; education and international development; and violence and schools in South Africa. He also has a key interest in the role of schooling in reducing and perpetrating violence internationally.

Janette Mountford-Lees Janette is the headteacher at Hollinsclough Primary Academy. Janette has been instrumental in developing flexischooling.

StateofEducation / LibED – 4 representatives The aims of libertarian education have much in common with other approaches to education in the liberal humanist tradition; to enable people to realise their innate potential to the full and to foster people’s self development across the full range of cultural intellectual, artistic, physical and emotional activities. Stateofeducation is a small collective of education practitioners, the result of collaboration between the London Radical Education Forum and Libertarian Education.

Lynda O’Sullivan Lynda is a passionate and gifted teacher. She works at Hollinsclough Primary Academy. Lynda is developing approaches working with flexischooling pupils and families.

Dr Harriet Pattison Harriet has recently been awarded her PhD researching home education and literacy and has written with Alan Thomas on the subject Rethinking Learning to Read (2016) Educational Heretics Press. Harriet is currently a lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at Liverpool Hope University.

Anna Rogozinska Anna has brought her community / informal education skills from Warsaw to Walsall. A passionate and committed educator always looking for little ways to bring positive change and a bit of optimism to everyday life.

Dr Tim Rudd Currently, Tim is Principal Lecturer at the Education Research Centre at the University of Brighton. Tim is currently working on research activities relating to: ‘critical perspectives on educational technology’, and ‘resisting neo liberal education and alternative educational discourse, systems and practice’.

Alison Sauer (F. Inst. Pa) Alison is an experienced autonomous home-based educator, paralegal, trainer and campaigner. On several occasions she has given witness evidence to the House of Commons Education Select Committee on the subject of home education. She is a trustee / director of the Centre for Personalised Education and advocate for flexischooling.

Dr Bernard Trafford Bernard is head of the independent Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School.  Bernard followed Roland Meighan’s Alternative Educational Futures course while doing an MEd at Birmingham University, and went on to complete PhD research into school democracy and student voice in 1996.

Mark Webster Mark has recently become freelance after working at Staffordshire University for 12 years where he founded the Creative Communities Unit and went on to become the head of School for Art and Design.

Mike Wood Mike is an experienced home educator, author, researcher, speaker and publisher. Mike runs HomeEd UK, the largest home education support site in the country. Mike has recently taken over Educational Heretics Press and is developing a broader web presence and is moving into e-books alongside hard copy contents.

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