Teaching Tolerance: A lesson on Cultural Diversity in the UK

Educating children on the growing diversity of our population has arguably never been more relevant.  As we witness what is considered by many as the most devastating humanitarian crisis of our time, it is imperative we provide the opportunity for students to develop tolerance, and understanding  as well as an awareness of the contribution refugees make to the UK.

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Does Crafting Have A Place In Schools?

On their own, craft activities tend to lose out to traditional subjects like English and mathematics in the classroom, certainly among older children. Yet, as learning modules designed to help youngsters understand the building blocks of many more advanced concepts, craft sessions are invaluable.

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OBAMA | Smarter ways to measure kids’ progress in school

In an address that will appeal to American and English teachers alike, Obama has recently addressed standardised testing calling for US schools to incorporate more creativity into the classroom and reduce the pressure associated with formal tests.

 If our kids had more free time at school, what would you want them to do with it?

A) Learn to play a musical instrument?


B) Study a new language?


C) Learn how to code HTML?


D) Take more standardized tests?

Take the quiz, then watch President Obama’s message about smarter ways to measure our kids’ progress in school.Posted by The White House on Saturday, October 24, 2015


Obama expressed his views on releasing students from the time required to prepare and sit for tests and redirect some of this activity toward creative expression and learning.

“When I think back on the great teachers in my life, what I remember isn’t the way they prepared me for a standardised test,” he says. “What I remember is the way they taught me to believe in myself, to be curious about the world, to take charge of my own learning so I could reach my own potential. To inspire me. To open up a window to parts of the world I had never thought of before.

“That’s what good teaching is. That’s what a great education is.”

Testing “takes the joy out of teaching and learning.”

In regard to how testing should be implemented he asserted that “they should be worth taking, they should enhance teaching and learning rather than taking up classroom time unnecessarily, and they should be one of many sources of information on a child’s ability”.

“Learning is about so much more than just filling in the right bubble,” the President said. “So we’re going to work with states, school districts, teachers and parents to make sure that we’re not obsessing about testing.”


What are your thoughts? Do we need to change the way students are assessed?

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From one Antipodean to another: Advice for Aussies living in London

My Journey as an Aussie living in London

Having moved to London just under two years ago, I remember how daunting an experience it can be. Leaving family, friends and the familiarity of home isn’t easy.

However if, like me, you find the lure of travel and adventure in one of the most iconic cities in the world too tempting to pass, this blog is for you.

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To Live is to Learn | Quotes to Inspire

Live & Learn: Quotes to Encourage

Learning can be hard work; no matter what stage of life you’re in. Learning is about growth and development, about making connections and overcoming obstacles. To some degree we’re hardwired to want immediate achievement and we regard failure as just that – failure. However ‘failure’ is undeniably a crucial and often unavoidable component to obtaining greater clarity and understanding. We’ve selected a number of quotes to inspire you to throw caution to the wind, to embrace creative learning though life and to appreciate failure for what it is: a stepping stone to success.



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