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Diary

In this blog we are posting news from around the network, reflections on general news items and other broad-ranging items of interest. Current contributors are Sightlines Initiative directors Robin Duckett, Liz Elders, Debi Keyte Hartland and Chris Merrick.

Sightlines' Network Events - Summer 2016

Susan Isaacs .... Loris Malaguzzi

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.

Details are in the 2016 event listings and in the Networks pages.

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Robin Duckett
These meetings are proving very popular - and rewardingly inspirational! There was a waiting list to attend the London meeting la... Read More
Friday, 10 June 2016 10:52
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"This is not OK anymore ..."

Today many parents in the UK, particularly in England, are standing up in support of 'the joy of learning for learning' and against the persistent drive to turn schools into places of test-driven instruction. This is a genuine grassroots expression, which has created a groundswell where decades and decades of other informed voices have hit brick walls. Well done, and may it shift sands in the political foundations.

No, children do not need testing "in order to ensure that they learn", as some politicians these past few days have repeated. Dear politicians, that is a miserable mindset which damages children – yes high quality education is vital, but some of you are getting in the way. 'This is not ok anymore' to equate 'testing' with high quality. Stop investing in the grindstone; invest in your children, or if you don't have children yourselves, at least have the decency to listen to those who have and - listen to children. It is not hard, and We will All benefit.

Invest in an education which listens to children – you will get your economic value, don't worry about that. But more importantly, you will be investing in decency and humanity.

Today is a good day to share something of the delights and deep learning which it is possible for us to offer to children in our schools today. Here is a celebratory snapshot of children – and their teachers - learning in intensity and joy in some of our recent projects:

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Viviana Fiorentino
Loved the video. Some days ago a politician knocked on the door for giving us his flyer. When I asked him what his, and his party... Read More
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 21:38
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Planetary Messages: global visions of children

After an'amazing' week in Reggio Emilia, the 41 UK participants, amongst the 400 strong international group from 41 countries are taking last-minute time to pack and buy presents for their families, returning with determination, often overwhelming thoughts , questions and also commitments of all kinds.

We have just closed the week, viewing the strong, observant and delicate collection of work from the children of the city of Reggio. They had prepared it as, not only a gift to the city but also a message to the planet:

"Planetary Messages are children's thoughts, questions, dialogues on the world, on the planet."

We thought you would like to see it too - 

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Viviana Fiorentino
how amazing! Thanks for sharing!
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 12:04
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