PEN – Learning Exchange: Chard in Somerset 24th October 2008

Thanks to Zena from the Chard Home Education Centre ( for the link to their blog and details / photographs from our recent joint Learning Exchange. Go to for details. It was a really productive day and a we […]

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Futurelab e-news items from October and November 2008

Some e-news items that will be of interest to the PEN network: Adult Informal Learning event - outcomes This Open Space Discussion was designed to build constructive partnerships with others

The Folly of Growth

Many thanks to Paul Henderson for the following: I'd like to draw your attention to a fascinating collection of articles in the 18th of October special issue of New

Three Futurelab reports available on digital inclusion and innovative teaching

Learner engagement This report provides educators working within primary, secondary, further and higher education with a guide to how learner voice is currently being used to shape policy and

Press Release: 2nd Food for the Brain Conference huge success and now available on audio.

At the second Food for the Brain Conference this month, Captain Joe Hibbeln from the US Public Health Service presented undeniable evidence for the link between low intakes

Antidote – E-News November 2008

PEN Comment: Some intersting items in this November  e-news from Antidote. Sign up to their e-news Antidote's new logo!  Schooltale  Wellbeing Indicators: Schools not to be judged  Assessment for Learning

Press Release: Bullying is still a big concern for parents, says YoungMinds

Bullying is still a big concern for parents, says YoungMinds. Anti Bullying Week 17-21 November 2008 YoungMinds’ Parents Information Service took over 200 calls last year on bullying, and

Campaign for Learning – Learning to Learn Conference

Learning to Learn Conference. Birmingham. 12 December 2008 This conference will look at the research background of learning to learn but will also offer delegates the opportunity to make

Campaign for Learning: ‘Are we there yet?’: The way forward for Children’s Trusts

‘Are we there yet?’: The way forward for Children’s Trusts. 28 November 2008. 2pm – 4pm The Children’s Plan expected “local authorities and their strategic partners in Children’s Trusts

‘Listening to Children: Research and Consultation’

'Listening to Children: Research and Consultation' is a ten-week training course designed for those who work with children and young people and want to improve their skills of

Press Release: YoungMinds awarded £2.5 million to expand national advisory panel Very Important Kids

YoungMinds, the children’s leading mental health charity, has received £2.5 million from the Big Lottery Fund’s Young People’s Fund 2 (YPF2) National Grants programme to ensure 2,700 children

News from Life Learning

PEN Comment: The work and publications of Wendy Priesnitz are extremely important in any holistic view of learning. We can wholeheartedly recommend keeping them within your horizons. Greetings from

Sir Ken Robinson on the Power of the Imaginative Mind

Creatively Speaking, Part Two: Sir Ken Robinson on the Power of the Imaginative Mind From Edutopia News 23rd October 2008. Sir Ken Robinson, the creativity guru shares his vision

Press Release. The Crossley Heath School: the future of online activity

PEN Comment: The growth of VLE 's is impacting all educational institutions. Its worth keeping up with developments and beginning to unpick the implications for all sorts of educational

Press Release: Credit crunch – to hit degree marks.

NUS survey shows half of working students are doing so to meet basic cost of living, with many admitting their studies are suffering 46% of students who work during

YoungMinds calls for more support to aid recovery for children with mental health problems

Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that more needs to be done to support children with mental health problems. Thirty per cent of children diagnosed

Press Release: Finding studying for GCSEs a grind? Let GCSEPod take the strain

Finding studying for GCSEs a grind? Let GCSEPod take the strain – while you’re on

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