Curriculum 2014 – Programmes of Study

Teacher Alex Crump – @alfiecrump – has compiled the complete programmes of study for the new Primary Curriculum, due to become law for non-academy primary school in September, 2014.

Mantle of the Expert Quality Marks 2012-3

We are delighted to announce the following teachers and learning support have been awarded the mantle of the expert Quality Mark:
Pound Hill Infant School, Crawley – June 2013
Lead Practitioner certificates are awarded to:
Christina Delgado,
Rachael North,
Alison Hillebron
Anne Marie Stewart
Sarah Stallard
Holy Cross Primary School, Harlow – June 2013
Lead Practitioner certificates are awarded to:
Coren Murley
Katy Peters
St Aidan’s Catholic Primary [...]

Creative Teaching And Learning Magazine


Creative Teaching and Learning: Incorporating creativity and critical thinking into your school.

The school curriculum is changing, and we need creativity in our classrooms more than ever before. Michael Gove may be ploughing on with his plans for a new facts-based curriculum, but Ofsted are increasingly stressing the need for learner engagement, lively creative teaching, the use of dialogic teaching approaches and student collaboration…

Open letter to all teachers concerned by the draft National Curriculum

This letter was originally published by Debra Kidd – @debrakidd – on her website Love Learning

Debra was the only practicing teacher invited to sign the “100 Academics” letter published in the Independent – “100 academics savage Education Secretary Michael Gove for ‘conveyor-belt curriculum’ for schools”

Many teachers contacted Debra asking if they could add their voices to the protest. This is her response.

Mantle of the Expert: Quality Mark

In the past few years much has changed on the educational stage in the UK and internationally. Drama for learning methods as well as the adoption of Mantle of the Expert systems in many learning contexts is becoming more widespread in the UK and in several other countries.
In response to these exciting developments we have initiated a Quality Mark for the application and development of Mantle of the Expert in schools where the use of the system is significantly affecting school wide curriculum structures and pedagogy…

News from Big Brum Theatre in Education

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It’s been a busy term for Big Brum, with both The Edge and The Giant’s Embrace touring schools. This week we are off to Rouen to meet with colleagues from Hungary, Spain and France and continue to celebrate and explore the work of Edward Bond. While there, Big Brum will be performing [...]

Mantle of the Expert Newsletter

Mantle of the Expert March NewsletterNews in this month’s newsletter:

  • introduction to
  • news on extra weekends at Ringsfield Hall
  • conference information
  • study days at training schools and networks
  • mantle of the expert in Palestine
  • new photograph gallery of Dorothy Heathcote working in the 1970s and 80s
  • information on the draft national curriculum
  • word clouds comparing the new draft curriculum and the existing curriculum 2000.

Click the Newsletter image or the link below to download.

MoE Newsletter March 2013

$500 available to help teachers attend Drama NZ conference

Drama NZ is offering two $500 scholarships to support teachers to attend their conference this year. One scholarship is for a beginning teacher, the other is for a teacher from a rural school.
Te Kore – Drama NZ’s national conference for 2013 will be held at Waikato University 26-28 April. The conference suits primary, intermediate and secondary teachers and a number of presentations and workshops will be specifically devoted to Mantle of the Expert.

Introducing imaginative-inquiry article

Article first published on the Guardian Teacher Network. Introducing imaginative-inquiry as an approach to teaching and learning that harnesses children’s power of imagination to create meaningful and challenging learning experiences.

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Lets imagine

Article for the BlogSync Initiative : “The Universal Panacea? The number one shift in UK education I wish to see in my lifetime”
Lets imagine, just for a moment, there really is a universal panacea for all our problems. A shift in thinking so monumentally seismic it will make us think [...]

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