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CHILDREN ARE CURIOUS, CREATIVE, AND PLAYFUL EXPLORERS –
every parent and teacher knows this, at some level: the challenge is to make education fit for these creative learners.
At Sightlines we know this and our vision is for all children to get the chance to be just that – children, who are eager and willing learners and explorers. We want to give them the best start possible – not crush them in to a system that only has one size for all: in the phrase of the advocacy organisation to which we belong: children are more than a score.
We are an independent national organisation promoting an educational approach in primary and early childhood education which works to our children's creative and inquisitive dispositions.
We are seeking new Trustees of our charitable body, to help us: we are seeking three individuals to join, in being part of this.
We particularly welcome application from individuals from outside of education – yes, with the same shared passion of course, but perhaps with complementary expertise.
Areas of expertise which we think would be beneficial include Communication; Social Networking; Change Movement work; Advocacy; Business/Cultural Networks; Community Action – these are ideas though, not an exclusive list.
We are committed to a new additional direction in our work – the informing and motivating of our nation's parents, grandparents, and all wellwishers of children's lives. Our children – your children – could right now be offered educational experiences and schools which they want to eagerly rush to first thing in the morning. The climate of education needs to change, for the sakes of all of us: educators and parents need to work together to do this. The one can't do it without the other. We at Sightlines can demonstrate how education can be, but this needs championing broadly. (We have discovered that, as a group, politicians cannot lead a change of direction – they are preoccupied by fears about their own jobs, toeing the line, short-term actions, and 'economic returns.' They need the reassurance of a groundswell for change.) Could you be part of this new vision?
- Please pass on to any friends/colleagues you also think may be interested.
One of the International Schools of our network is looking for an educator:
"We are looking for an assistant teacher who is excited to learn more about the Reggio philosophy and who wants to work with 4 and 5 year olds in a joyful, play based environment.
We are an American International School with students from 4 to 18 years of age.In Kindergarten (Reception and Year 1) we believe learning through playful inquiry is the foundation for intellectual, physical, and social and emotional growth. Inspired by Reggio Emilia and The Project Approach, we value children's natural curiosity and inclination to explore the world around them. The picture shows some work the children did on a project about Sound...they were making up ways to represent a composition using various percussion instruments and with a picture as a provocation."
ASL are making a real focus on their professional development at the moment, with all of the team having been to Reggio (or coming this April) and the core early years team are participating in our Skylight programme this year. It could be a very exciting school to join, at this point!
You will find their application form here (Lower School Assistant Teacher), and you'll also be able to read more about the school on their site, through the link.
Dear Foundation Stage and Primary educators,
The London group invites you to their discussion and development events, and there is an exciting proposal to begin a new network group - or two - in the West Midlands.
The work of the network groups has been very buoyant since the Networks Showcase Day in March, which really showed what can be achieved through the mix of optimism, determination and vision.
All the May and June meetings are open events - the groups are keen for new participation, so if you are interested in developing creative reflective practice in early childhood and primary education do come along.