Army Cadet Corps for Schools?

The UK prime minister Gordon Brown and Mick Brookes (general Secretary of the National Association of Headteachers) both appear to believe army cadet corps could assist social cohesion and school discipline. [Gordon Brown’s call for army cadet corps in schools […]

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Personalised Education Now – Journal 8 Copy Date

A reminder regarding contributions for PEN Journal 8 - the final date for copy is May 1st. We are always looking for new writers and contributions if you would

21st Century Learning Alliance award

National College of School Leadership (NCSL) Last opportunity to enter. The award for Leading Innovation will be made to a school or other learning community that can demonstrate excellence


At PEN we always acknowledge the wider landscape of educational practice and ideas. There is so much to learn from that sits outside our current silos.

School of Everything – March news

School of Everything is a community of people teaching and learning. Here's how it works:   We've supported the SoE since we first heard about them.

Shikshantar: The Peoples’ Institute for Rethinking Education and Development. Fresh Minds animation

Shikshantar: The Peoples' Institute for Rethinking Education and Development Another of our favourite websites. Well worth exploring on a

The Propagation of Learning Part 6

This is the sixth and final part of Paul Henderson's Think Piece. Part 5 is within this blog and the previous parts can be obtained from our main website and the e-briefing

Futurelab e-news items April

Go to the Futurelab website for some of the best thinking and projects around Get the latest from Futurelab from their April e-news 

Campaign for Learning policy briefings: Learning to Learn Conference

Britannia Sachas Hotel, Tib Street , Piccadilly, Manchester M4 1SH 24 April 2008This conference will look at the research background of learning to learn

Campaign for Learning policy briefings

Implementing 14-19 Qualification and Curriculum Reform, 22 April 2008: with Mary Curnock Cook, QCA Taking Forward Adult

Children and Young People’s Participation Project Mangager

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health is looking to appoint a Children and Young People’s Participation Project Manager to oversee its activities and framework for the

Enabling Real Participation by Children and Young People: Working with the Tensions

University of Central Lancashire - Faculty of Health In collaboration with The Children’s and Young People’s Participation Learning Network. A practitioner workshop led by Harry Shier. Harris Park Conference Centre,

IALA News April

IALA news - latest April  blog entries

  •  A Second Side to the Story
  • Webcast: Dropout Crisis
  • A Curriculum for Thinking
  • What Doesn't Get Measured Doesn't Get Done
  • Options for the High School

Campaign for Learning policy briefings

Implementing 14-19 Qualification and Curriculum Reform, 22 April 2008 Innovation Nation: Will the DIUS White Paper


AERO  picked up the following video in their recent March e-newsletter. Democratic values, organisation and practice are core principles for Personalised Education Now - without them we can never

Government Steps Up Commitment to the New Creative Apprenticeships

Creative & Cultural Skills (CCSkills) and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) have jointly welcomed the news that up to £60 million per year has been approved by

A New Website by AERO is now live!  This website serves as the virtual home for The Directory of Democratic Education as well as a location providing unique articles, essay, links,

Learning in a digital world

If you ever thought technology that won't change the our learning systems I urge you to see Bob Harrison's blog piece and especially the accompanying video on Futurelab's

PEN Learning Exchange – April 6th 2008 Lougbrough

A big thank you to everyone who turned out for the learning exchange despite the early morning snow storm. We had a really stimulating day. Thanks to Alan Clawley

Learning Spaces – Recycling Schools and Community Learning Centres (Futurelab Research Discussion Day – 20th March)

Schools as we know them are past their sell by date as more and more people begin to recognise. If we have to build institutional learning spaces with

Learning Spaces – What counts as a successful education? (Futurelab Research Discussion Day – 20th March)

One of the key big questions that kept entering conversations during the day was what counts as successful education? It’s a basic question

Futurelab Research Discussion Day at RIBA 20th March – Learning Spaces

You can track my comments on the learning Spaces aspects of this day in the FLUX blog

Book Review Collection: Can’t Go, Won’t Go by Mike Fortune Wood.

Book Review by Karen Turner. Can’t Go, Won’t Go by Mike Fortune Wood. ISBN 978-1-905614-49-3. Cinnamon Press. £11.99.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading Can’t

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