Category: Education

Organising a ‘not like us’ educational study tour

Organising a ‘not like us’ educational study tour

14/05/2013 | By

Stakeholder Design’s ‘not like us’ study tours have been described by many school leaders as life-changing. Five years after the first trip was organised, two of the participating headteachers ran up to me in a hotel and told me that they still think about the tour every day. They can be seen in the video […]

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Improving school performance by design

Improving school performance by design

24/05/2012 | By

Are you one of those headteachers who has been left wondering how to keep driving up standards when you can barely get the students down the corridors between lessons? Well, help is at hand (nearly). Later this term, Stakeholder Design will be publishing a new booklet on school design called “It’s Not About the Building.” […]

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Interview on Promethean Planet

Interview on Promethean Planet

07/05/2012 | By

I was delighted to be interviewed for PrometheanPlanet as part of the run-up to an  Education Fast Forward debate entitled Is this the Year of the Games? Innovation, Learning and Uncertainty. The debate, streamed live on the internet, involved EFF Fellows from around 12 different countries. Many people watched it live from the Stakeholder Design website, […]

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The Intelligent Fountain

The Intelligent Fountain

07/05/2012 | By

How do we prepare children for the rapidly changing society that we call the 21st century? And how do we ensure that our teachers have been fully exposed to the challenge before they commission the buildings in which that learning will happen? According to an independent review, Stakeholder Design’s award-winning solution delivered both in abundance: […]

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The 360 degree flexible classroom

The 360 degree flexible classroom

07/05/2012 | By

One of the highlights of my time at the Design Council was producing the 360 degree flexible classroom as the centrepiece of the Schools Renaissance campaign. This is what the Observer made of it. “Inside a dingy-looking prefab hut near the Toxteth area of Liverpool, an experiment is determining the shape of things to come; […]

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Posture, children and heavy schoolbags

Posture, children and heavy schoolbags

24/04/2012 | By

Did you know that children carry around 20% of their bodyweight to and from school? Or that children are exempted from Health and Safety Executive covering the design of the furniture that they use? As a result, we are presently seeing an enormous increase in the number of young people reporting neck and back problems. […]

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Is your child’s heavy schoolbag harming their health?

Is your child’s heavy schoolbag harming their health?

24/04/2012 | By

As it’s revealed many youngsters haul half their body weight… Is your child’s school bag harming their spine? By Louise Atkinson PUBLISHED: 02:59, 15 May 2012 | UPDATED: 10:09, 15 May 2012 1st 4lb: Rachel Purvis, ten, is carrying 28 per cent of her body weight with all her school bags For most parents, it’s […]

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Education Fast Forward – live debate

Education Fast Forward – live debate

13/04/2012 | By

The next EFF (Education Fast Forward) debate takes place on April 18, 2012, and is entitled Is this the Year of the Games? Innovation, Learning and Uncertainty. Fellows from around the world (including me) will be taking part in a live webcast using some amazingly realistic video conferencing technology provided by Cisco. If you’re interested, […]

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Listening to young people – the story of Youthbank

Listening to young people – the story of Youthbank

08/04/2012 | By | Add a Comment

Community foundations were early funders of a great concept called Youthbank. I secured its first national coverage, in the Guardian. Shortly after, Abbey National got in touch to offer us £250,000. Across the country, sets of young people have spent the past 18 months becoming philanthropists. Entrusted with five-figure bugets, and in one case a […]

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A Charter for 21st Century Learning

A Charter for 21st Century Learning

08/04/2012 | By | Add a Comment

Ireland’s commitment to becoming Europe’s leading digital economy will only work if it can supply workers with the right skills. But how do you teach them? Stakeholder Design was asked to run a workshop with students from all across Ireland to produce a charter for 21st century learning. This is what they said. 1. Cultivate […]

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