Archive | September, 2011

The Curriculum for Excellence

The Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland has been a major overhaul to the Scottish curriculum over the past few years. One of the major changes has been the introduction of ‘Outdoor Learning’. Historically, schools in Scotland have sent their children off to Outdoor Education Centres for a week long program that primarily focused on adventure Read More

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Learning spaces and their effect on student learning.

Does the learning space effect student learning? Between Denmark and the UK we have seen a variety of different learning spaces. There have been very traditional spaces with a central focus, and very non-traditional spaces where students can “work anywhere”. Of course there have been common elements of learning within these spaces. The majority of Read More

Decreasing Administrivia through Clustering

Throughout discussions with rural education leaders in Victoria the issue of increasing administration and management requirements are often referred to as a key element in detracting from leading education discussion and dialogue. On a visit to rural UK, the CEP education tour came across an approach that has been developed by a cluster of six Read More

The Big House

Sitting in Hellerup Skole reminded us of being in a big house. There were kitchens, lounges, stairs and a “mess” everywhere. The idea for Hellerup Skole, Copenhagen came about in 1993 when the Danish Laws for education were changed to take in account students with different learning styles and abilities. It was decided that all Read More

21st Century Learning in Action

Today was day one of the CEP’s European Tour. We kicked everything off with a visit to the town of Silkeborg , where we visited Buskelundskolen. The school is a 3 to 16 year old school with three areas: Børnehaven – Kindergarten with 3-6 year olds Lilleskolen – Small School with 7-12 year olds Projektetskolen Read More

Phone in Class

Has Everyone Brought Their Mobile Phone Today?

  This was the opening question posed by a teacher of English to her 7,8 and 9 class. Her lesson focus was English pronunciation. Pia (the teacher) provided a brief explanation with graphics about the shape of the mouth and the position of the tongue. But the true engagement came when she started tongue twisters, Read More

The World is in a Bit of a Mess – Stephen Heppell workshop

On the first day of the CEP European education tour the group was very fortunate to have the opportunity to be involved in a workshop with education leaders from Silkeborg School in Denmark facilitated by Stephen Heppel. Stephen spoke to us for a few hours, with  his initial comment being – ‘ the world is Read More

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Engaging Students is Core Business

The realisation that not one size fits all is well recognised, but often it is the creative thinking that enables various models of learning to be conceptualised and then realised through links beyond our own school settings.


Rural Youth Ambassadors Announced

Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall was joined by Members of Parliament Paul Weller and David Southwick in announcing the inaugural Rural Youth Ambassador program at the recent CEP Rural Learning Summit.

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eKids Science Hits Orbost Cluster

Learning the concepts of physics such as force, friction and electrostatics with approximately 100 upper primary school students supported by four teachers has generated a great enthusiasm around the primary schools within the Orbost cluster in Far East Gippsland.

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