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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.

Lessons from Plowden

​For educators and parents, fresh and seasoned: here is news of a very informative seminar for all who are minded to protect and develop a broad experience of education.  

It comes at a time when (again) the current UK government is proposing new assessment regimes for young children in its continuing march down the narrow avenues of instruction. 

"2017 is the 50th year since the publication of 'Children and their Primary Schools', better known as The Plowden Report. 
Plowden has been a consistent reference point since that time and has come to stand for child-centred, socially conscious primary education. It prompted an international interest and educators from across the world visited English primary schools – notably in the West Riding of Yorkshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Leicestershire. Our conference invites teachers and others concerned with primary education to recall Plowden and ask what we have learned since and what we have forgotten."

The event is free, funded by University of Cambridge & History of Education Society.

  • Dr Joseph Featherstone (Emeritus Professor of Education, Michigan State University)
  • Dr Emily Harper (Teacher at Lyndhurst Primary School, Camberwell, London)
  • Dr Ken Jones (Senior Policy Officer NUT & Emeritus Professor, Goldsmiths)

Sat 18 November 2017 | 13:30 – 16:30
Mander Hall, Hamilton House, National Union of Teachers, Mabledon Place, London, 
WC1H 9BD

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Loris Malaguzzi - a great Free read ...

Edited by Peter Moss et al

​In preparing for our 11 November conference 'All our Futures' in London, and we're reminded that the Freebook version of the new edit of Loris Malaguzzi's writing remains available from Routledge. Click on the image or go here to get it.

Conference participants will also get a discount on Routledge books  - for the day only -.from the Contesting Childhood series. We will not stock all of the series, but if you're coming to the conference and would like a specific title, we can make sure it's there for you. Of course we will also have Sightlines Initiative and Reggio Children publications.

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The Many Faces of the Assembly

The Many Faces of The Assembly

For all educators and parents who are interested in:

  • how children can be supported in flying with an idea
  • how many languages of expression can interweave in places of intelligent education
  • how documentation can be winningly created to show the intricate evolution of an 'educational story'  

Here is a new video from the preschools of Reggio Emilia, illustrating the conversations and processes of children  and teachers relating experiences of their morning meeting and discussions.  This video is a must! It is ideal summer viewing for educators looking for some inspiration before the new year.

"A study on the human figure in drawing, clay and photography.

The human figure is explored in the context of the morning assembly that brings together all 26 children of the class. The investigation interweaves drawing, clay, and photography, seeking in the connections between the three languages the expressive and cognitive elements for understanding and evolving."

We were introduced to this work last year in Reggio, whilst it was still being edited, and we've been eagerly waiting for it to be available for you. Now it is!

It follows a five-year class in Reggio, as they wonder how they can tell the story of their morning assembly, to children who perhaps don't have one. And the editing relates their complex learning, and the many intricate stages, in a particularly engaging and filmic manner. 

Both the content and the multi-layered video-editing style has much to say to all of us who are keen to make visible to a wide audience the engaged learning of children, and of intelligent education. Don't let it pass you by.

You can get it here from our website


"What holds a collective intelligence together is not the possession of knowledge - which is relatively static, but the social process of acquiring knowledge - which is dynamic and participatory, continually testing and reaffirming the group's social ties." 

Henry Jenkins, Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education, University of Southern California

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