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Welcome to Mantle of the Expert.com

Hello, welcome to Mantle of the expert.com. This website has been designed as a central location for information and resources on Mantle of the Expert. It will be useful to teachers, students and school leaders interested in using and developing MoE as an approach to teaching and learning for the 21st Century.

A Beginner’s Guide to Mantle of the Expert


We are currently sold out, however, the book is back at the printers and will be available in early February 2018. If you would like to preorder a copy please email timtaylor4@me.com

Category: Articles, MoE Training, News, Training

New Planning for Mantle of the Expert

New and detailed planning units for mantle of the expert available on our sister site imaginative-inquiry.co.uk

Category: Planning

Study Day at St John’s Primary, Newcastle Weds 15th November 2017

This study day will enable participants to work with children and observe lessons in the morning. Lunch will provide a further chance to talk to teachers. The afternoon will be an opportunity to look at examples of planning, ask questions about the practicalities of mantle, and include a short workshop on ways to start a mantle.

Category: MoE Training

Notes from Ringsfield Hall weekend Oct 2017

These images are photographs of my notes, apologies for the quality of the handwriting, I was writing fast!             The following are photograghs of Luke’s planning. 

Category: MoE Training

The Sign in the Theatre

An introduction to the semiology of the art of the spectacle by Tadeuz Kowsan Download here – PDF document  

Category: Articles

Imaginative Inquiry in New York

Imaginative inquiry has crossed the sea and been taken up by a group of “four progressive educators from New York City and Los Angeles.” Read more here on their website and, if you happen to be in New York in July, find out how to attend an exciting training event.

Category: Uncategorized

Mantle of the Expert in New Zealand

Kia Ora Colleagues

Teacher blogs can be a fantastic resource. For the writer it’s an opportunity to reflect, record and share progress and musings. For the reader, it’s an insight into another classroom and an opportunity to share, comment and connect.

Category: International, New Zealand

The Paradox of Mantle of the Expert: How can children be experts?

This extract is from, “A Beginner’s Guide to Mantle of the Expert”

On the face of it Mantle of the Expert seems to involve a paradox: how can we expect children to be experts when they know so little? Doesn’t being an expert require long years of dedicated study, experience, and reflective practice? Won’t asking children to think and act like experts be a silly pretence and a waste of valuable teaching time?

Category: Blogs

Mantle of the Expert in Palestine

For the last seven years we have been working with the Qattan Foundation in Palestine developing Mantle of the Expert in schools across the country. Based around their hugely successful summer course, where Palestinian teachers from all over the Middle East travel for an intensive two week course in drama for learning, the Qattan project is one of the most advanced and extensive Mantle of the Expert programmes in the world.

Category: News

The Missing Pilot: A MoE sequence

This paper records a sequence of lessons planned and taught by Lisa Hinton and Luke Abbott at Woodrow First School, Redditch in October 2016. It involves the use of Dorothy Heathcote’s Task Rubric‘, which she documented in detail during her work in Turkey in 2010 and was later decoded by Luke during a weekend at Ringsfield Hall in November 2015.

Category: News

Blog: Using a painting to start an inquiry

How to use images with students as a way to generate thinking, grab their interest, and communicate knowledge. “I’d like to show you a painting, it was painted about 500 years ago of an English king called Henry VII. Take a careful look and see what you notice?”
This is an open question, asking the students to look rather than guess. If I did this with a class in Year 5 I’d expect them to notice the gold chain round his neck, his hat and cloak, the rose in his hand, and the writing at the bottom of the painting.

Category: Blogs

Next Mantle of the Expert Weekend – March 3rd-5th 2017

The next fantastic Mantle of the Expert weekend at Ringsfield Hall is in March. Places are nearly all gone, but there are still a few left.

Category: Training

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