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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.

Would you like to be a trustee of our charity?

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?

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  • Please pass on to any friends/colleagues you also think may be interested.
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Re-Imagining Childhood - weekend events in Bath

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​Our colleagues 5x5x5=creativity are hosting this weekend, which promises to be most thoughtful, rich, stimulating, encouraging - and delightful!

Do go if you can.



Our exhibition Floor Four will be on display, and Cambridge Curiosity & Imagination will be hosting four day workshop, amongst many other events for children, families and all adults.



Speakers include Ken Robinson, David Almond ...

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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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