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Woodrow and Palestine Exchange 2013

Learning Through Mantle of the Expert

Alfie Kohn keynote

Alfie Kohn outlines some of the general assumptions underlying standards-driven education and advocates an approach to education that contextualises learning within meaningful projects and creates a curriculum not academic but intellectual.

Photographs of Dorothy Heathcote at Work

These photographs are from the Heathcote Archive at Manchester University and show Dorothy working with students and adults in the UK, USA and New Zealand during the 1970’s and 80’s. They wonderfully capture her great energy, creativity and commitment to making learning engaging, meaningful and enjoyable. Click here to see the full collection on Flickr.

Pieces of Dorothy

For more than 50 years teachers have been watching Dorothy Heathcote at work trying to emulate her way with drama in the classroom. This important film documents her life and work featuring film from the Newcastle University archive and interviews with teachers influenced by her legacy.

Dorothy Heathcote Teaching in Cape Town

Dorothy Heathcote teaches a series of six two hour lessons to a group of 11 & 12 year old pupils from Camps Bay Primary School. She demonstrates how to use the pupil’s ideas and then structure a meaningful learning experience for them.

Blackley and Broadene – The Shoe Factory

Blackley and BroadeneThese films, made by BBC North East, during the 1980’s are a very early example of mantle of the expert. They show Dorothy Heathcote working with a class of children from Burgess Junior School running a shoe factory.

Dorothy Heathcote Explains MoE


This keynote was recorded in preparation for the first international mantle of the expert conference at Waikato University, Hamilton New Zealand, August 27-30, 2009.

The Escape of King Edward

This film was made by the children of Surlingham Primary School, Norfolk, UK in the summer of 2008. It took approximately 14 weeks. The children wrote the story, designed the sets and did much of the filming.

Three Looms Waiting

Three Looms WaitingThe famous BBC Omnibus documentary, Three Looms Waiting about the work of Dorothy Heathcote, made by Ron Smedley in 1971.

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