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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.

UK Election - Quiz the Main Parties on their intents for education: Wed 24 May

 TES General Election 2017 Education Hustings

"TES is delighted to announce it will be hosting a General Election education hustings with education secretary Justine Greening, her Labour shadow, Angela Rayner, and their Lib Dem counterpart, John Pugh.

Taking place at the Emmanuel Centre in the heart of Westminster on Wednesday the 24th May at 6:30pm, the event is sure to frame the education conversation for the last frantic days of the campaigning.

The debate will be hosted by Tes editor Ann Mroz, and you can be part of the 1,000-strong audience that questions the politicians on all aspects of education policy – including grammar schools, funding, assessment and pedagogy.

Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. You must arrive with your ticket to gain entry to the hustings."

This will be an excellent opportunity to question the three main parties in England on their policies for education,on funding and assessment - and their basic principles on what education should be.

Tickets are free but space is limited- register now.

If you email us  that you are registered, we may be able to link people  up for the day; this may strengthen the effectiveness of contributions and questions.

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Curiosity is the essence of human existence

Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan and his daughter Teresa.NASA

"Curiosity is the essence of human existence. 'Who are we? Where are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going?' I don't know. I don't have any answers to those questions. I don't know what's over there around the corner. But I want to find out."

-- Gene Cernan

Eugene Cernan was (currently) the last man on the moon. I caught this reflection of his one April morning last year in a radio interview, and it's sat since then on my desk.  With short-term preoccupations threatening to drown out the current UK public sphere, I thought this was a good moment to paste this up, and gently bring us back to a bigger picture of human aspiration: certainly the one that exists in all the children 'round us - and hopefully in us too.


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Seeking an early years educator - the American School in London

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.

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