Swedish Good Sense?

Edutopia’s news for 23rd April included a couple of interesting stories (1) Childhood’s End: Growing Up too Fast –  a touching elaboration of how our uniform schooling cruelly destroys the children who are different and don’t fit the system.  http://www.edutopia.org/childhoods-end-accountability-forces-children-grow-up-too-fast and […]

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Students find their way around the NUT strike

On Thursday 24 April, when teachers confirmed their first national strike in over 20 years, schools were locked and students were turned away from the school gates.

School of Everything: April News

School of Everything matches up local teachers and learners. What could you teach? http://www.schoolofeverything.com/hello/teachers Free School! Free Schools are the lo-fi version of

AERO E-newsletter 28 April

AERO - Alternative Education Resource Organization e-newsletter: visit www.edrev.org/fre.html   Some items in the latest newsletter: - Educational Freedom for a Democratic Society - NCLB Administrative Tinkering Fails to Address Flawed

European Democratic Education Conference – EUDEC 2008: 25th July – 3rd August

The European Democratic Education Conference, EUDEC 2008, is a meeting for democratic schools, academics, teachers and students as well as anyone committed to the democratisation of schooling and

Campaign for Learning policy briefings: May / June

Beyond the School Gates Using Learning to Learn to develop parental and community involvement 27 May 2008 9.30 - 3.30, London Learning to

Call for Entries: Times Higher Education Awards 2008

Celebrating excellence and achievement in the higher education sector, the Times Higher Education Awards is calling universities to submit award entries by 12 June 2008. These awards are

16th Annual International Democratic Education Conference 11-18 August

16th Annual International Democratic Education Conference (Vancouver, Canada) IDEC 2008 "Experience democracy:  live it,  learn it,  share it!" Imagine young people growing up with a deep sense of meaning, respect,

“Who runs and who should run our schools?

"Who runs and who should run our schools?"First lecture in the series The Modern Education Desert April 23rd 2008 at 7.00 pm The Royal Geographical Society,

PEN E-briefing Ezine launched 22 April 2008

Well we've been posting to this blog http://blog.personalisededucationnow.org.uk/ now since mid March and getting used to the new capacity and features. The blog is presented in the same

Changing Times, Changing Teachers: Primary Review Interim Reports on a Profession in Transition

Are newly-qualified primary teachers better trained now than previously? Have serving primary teachers been energised by initiatives designed to raise educational standards and reform

Learning at Work Day: 22nd May

Campaign for Learning - Learning at Work Day 2008 details. From circus skills to financial training; relaxation to sessions on presentations; or dancing to time keeping -

The Educational Evidence Portal

The educational evidence portal (EEP) is an online resource enabling you find educational evidence from a range of reputable sources using a single search. It is

Young Adults and Today’s Challenges

Edutopia News http://www.edutopia.org/ 16th April 2008 reports on  What Are the Biggest Challenges Young Adults Face Today? The survey took place in California using cell phones

Masters Level Teaching Profession for the UK

The UK will be moving towards a masters level profession led by the TDA (Training and Development Agency for Schools) http://www.tda.gov.uk/about/newsletter/apr2008/chiefexecutive.aspx . The masters in teaching and learning

Campaign for Learning policy briefings: Surestart and Fair Play

The National Evaluation of Sure Start, 8 May 2008: with Dan Racher, DCSF and Catherine Prisk, Ann Tayler Children’s Centre

Adventure into 2050 – The Science of Survival, the new ‘ecoexperience’

  Opening at The Science Museum Hands-on exhibition explores how science and technology can help us respond to the challenges of our changing planet. The Science

New Alternative Education Resource Organisation (AERO) blog

AERO's blog is up and running. Congratulations to Jerry Mintz and colleagues at AERO (Alternative Education Resource Organisation). AERO and Personalised Education Now share much in common. We recommend

Campaign for Learning policy briefings: Schools and Raising the Learning Leaving Age

Schools and Raising the Learning Leaving Age Date: 15 May 2008 Time: 11am - 1pm Venue: Campaign for Learning,

Campaign for Learning policy briefings: Implementing 14-19 Qualification and Curriculum Reform

Implementing 14-19 Qualification and Curriculum Reform Date: 22 April 2008 Time: 11am - 1pm Venue: Campaign for Learning, 19 Buckingham Street,

CCTV in examination halls?

The BBC reported moves to increase the use of CCTV in schools. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7342432.stm Apparently in addition to CCTV to monitor behaviour and teaching the Examination Officers Association is planning

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

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


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