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Rethinking Curriculum – Experiential learning in primary schools

We hear from schools and practitioners that our primary curriculum is overfilled, disjointed and not giving our children the best opportunities in some cases.

We will bring together a group of expert practitioners and researchers to discuss experiential learning, with an opportunity for discussion and questions for all audience members to learn about the why, how and what next in the implementation of an experiential curriculum.

It will be particularly valuable to primary teachers, those involved in curriculum design more broadly, and all educators who want to learn about experiential curriculum in practice.

This is being shared with you as part of ‘Rethinking Curriculum’, a project aiming to support and equip teachers and school leaders with the knowledge and skills to identify, plan and implement curriculum development work in a sustainable, context specific and impactful approach. 

This webinar will build upon the work by our partners on Rethinking Curriculum at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy and their literature review on experiential learning. Experiential Learning for Children Aged 4-14: A Rapid Evidence Assessment – UCL Discovery

About the session

This webinar is part of a series around curriculum enrichment in primary schools as part of the extensive project for the Chartered College, Rethinking Curriculum. This aims to support and equip teachers and school leaders with the knowledge and skills to identify, plan and implement curriculum development work in a sustainable, creative and place based approach. This will mean that all pupils will have access to an expansive, inspiring curriculum that connects them with local communities and enables them to lead healthy, fulfilled lives.

Our webinar series around curriculum enrichment aims to bring experts around curriculum implementation with a variety of foci from youth social action, play, oracy, pupil agency, sustainability and many more. This series will be brought to you over the academic year 2023-24 and will aim to share from experts and allow attendees to discuss and ask questions. You will also have resources from the project pilot made available to you in relation to the webinar topics.

Event attendees will have access not just to the event itself but to supporting materials and resources in order to start discussions in their settings.

Recommended reading: This recommended reading provides useful wider, related reading on this topic but is not required in advance of the event.

Experiential Learning for Children Aged 4-14: A Rapid Evidence Assessment – UCL Discovery

 

 

The session will be hosted by Jenna Crittenden ( Curriculum Design Lead and part of the Professional Learning and Accreditation team)  from the Chartered College of Teaching and will include the opportunity for attendees to pose their own questions to our guest panel around their experiences in implementing social action in primary schools.

Jenna Crittenden is Curriculum Design Lead at the Chartered College of Teaching, leading a national project ‘Rethinking Curriculum’ that aims to support and equip teachers and school leaders with the knowledge and skills to identify, plan and implement curriculum development work in a sustainable, context specific and impactful approach. This will mean that all pupils will have access to an expansive, inspiring curriculum that connects them with local communities and enables them to lead healthy, fulfilled lives. Prior to joining the college Jenna has been a Primary Headteacher, Curriculum Design lead, governor and also acts as a trustee for MTPT.

James Searjeant is an educator with over a decade of experience as a Head Teacher in Royal Greenwich, London, overseeing a large primary and nursery school. With more than 15 years in leadership roles within educational institutions, James brings a wealth of expertise in pioneering progressive approaches to learning. As a trustee of a democratic school in Croydon, his passion for challenging traditional education approaches is evident. He advocates for innovative curriculum design, striving to revolutionise outdated educational methodologies in pursuit of a more dynamic and inclusive learning experience.

Dr. Penny Hay is an artist, educator and researcher, Professor of Imagination Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries, Reader in Creative Teaching and Learning, Bath Spa University and Founding Director House of Imagination. Signature projects include School Without Walls and Forest of Imagination. Penny’s doctoral research focused on children’s learning identity as artists.

Penny is the strand leader for Creative Pedagogy in the Policy, Pedagogy and Practice Research Centre, Associate Director of TRACE at Bath Spa University, Chair of Imagination Research Space, and co-chair of the eARTh research group focusing on education, arts and the environment. She was recently the co-investigator on an Erasmus+ project Interstice in Europe researching the space between art, children and educators, and artist researcher on the AHRC funded Rethinking Waste Compound13 Project in Mumbai.

Penny was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at Arts University Plymouth and a Fellowship in Imagination at the Centre for Future Thinking; she is a National Teaching Fellow and Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, with awards from Action for Children’s Arts, Thornton Education Trust, Landscape Institute and Creative Bath.

Akosua Acheampong, Akosua Acheampong currently assistant head at Bygrove Primary and has been teaching for 10 years. Akosua is leading on Maths & Assessment at the moment but has lead other subjects throughout the years and Curriculum previously, with tons of expertise on  discussing Explorers.

Joe Hallgarten, Joe is Chief Executive at the Centre for education and Youth, a think and action tank. Since starting his career teaching for five years in urban primary schools, Joe has 20 years’ experience of leading and influencing education change as a programme leader, researcher and policy analyst. He has authored many reports and spoken across the world on a wide range of education issues, including on teacher development, curriculum reform, innovation in school systems, and creative learning. He has also designed, led and offered strategic support for a wide range of education programmes, in the UK and internationally. During the Covid pandemic, Joe had a part time role on the leadership team at the LETTA Trust, teaching Year 4 and designing the Explorer Curriculum. 

Find out more about the Chartered College of Teaching:

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  • Early Career Hub – The Early Career Hub is our one-stop shop for trainee teachers, early career teachers, and those involved in supporting, coaching and mentoring those new to the profession.
  • The Chartered College of Teaching & Teacher Tapp Podcast – A collaboration between Teacher Tapp and the Chartered College of Teaching in which we look at hot off the press data on various topics concerning teaching, learning, and teacher development and ask teachers to comment on the findings by reflecting on their own experiences.
  • Early Childhood Hub – The Early Childhood Hub hosts content by, and for, early childhood education practitioners, with a focus on pedagogy and practice in early childhood education.
  • Research Hub – The Research Hub hosts summaries of academic and practitioner research as well as reports that Chartered College of Teaching members have contributed to.  You can also find a list of opportunities to participate in external research projects and access a range of tools to support you in your research engagement journey.
  • Video Hub – The Video Hub hosts short classroom practice videos, filmed in a variety of settings, and recorded interviews with a range of teachers, leaders and educators.  Members will also find, and be able to access, ‘on demand’ recordings of our previous webcasts and events.
  • Impact is the termly journal of the Chartered College of Teaching.  It connects research findings to classroom practice, with a focus on the interests and voices of teachers and educators.  It supports the teaching community by promoting discussion around evidence within the classroom, and enabling teachers to share and reflect on their own use of research.
  • Learning Hub – The Learning Hub is your home for professional learning and development. You will find links to bitesize CPD units and details of other available courses.

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