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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.
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Here are two inspiring things for early years educators in 2018!

Documentation displayed at Madeley

‚ÄčThing the First

On Friday 2nd February we are having a Dialogue Day at Madeley Nursery School, Telford. This will be a special day dedicated to explore the various  principles and practice which Sightlines Initiative, the Nursery School, and also Reggio Emilia, have been working on for  20, 17, and 60 years (!) respectively. The day will be for a maximum of 10 educators/heads/managers, who are themselves beginning to explore theses principles in their practice.

Here you can read  more about the day, and book your place - do ring us with any questions.

voices, rumours, opinions ...

Thing the Second

 ... A video by  Reggio Emilia's municipal infant-toddler centres and preschools,  based on children's ideas and thoughts about the squares in the city. 

The schools wanted to investigate children's ideas on the participation and 'life lived' by adults and children in the piazzas of the town and in the schools themselves, as a backdrop to the elections of a big new intake of citizens and friends to the new City Childhood Councils  ....


in the square - people are not strangers anymore ...

Here are the typically lively, sensitive  ...

in a preschool piazza
pigeons talking in the square

 ...surprising and observant views of the children, 





curated and attended to by equally thoughtful and observant adults ....




And presented for us all in this enchanting online video ...

TWOTHOUSANDEIGHTEEN WISHES FOR A WORLD OF PEACE

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Who's in charge of education, who's 'measuring' it, and why?

Three wise monkeys sitting on a bench ...

Last week OFSTED released the Bold Beginnings report into Reception classes. This report brings into stark contrast the values, beliefs and perspectives of those that seek to evaluate and bring to account provision for young children and of those who understand and support their learning processes.

Are we still bystanders as education becomes simply something to be measured by politicians, despite all that parents and teachers and children know?

Chris Merrick looks at the implications of the report in the light of a recent  presentation and call to action by Professor Peter Moss, of the Institute of Education, London.

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Read about Reggio's pedagogy and environment flourishing in its Primary School

hypothesis on the point of view of a very small Composgnathus dinoasaur: Mohamed, 8 years

"A school where experience, the doing of body and hands and thinking come together; a school as a learning "workshop", where creativity and the aesthetic dimension become essential qualities of knowledge."

During our recent Skylight research group visit to Reggio, we visited the Malaguzzi Centre Primary School, to explore how their pedagogy is evolving, and were drawn to a new publication of theirs which throws a great light on their experience. We think that it is really fascinating, and gives a lively insight into the work and life of this primary school, its children and educators.It is an ideal reader if you are planning to attend a Study Week in Reggio, as you are likely to have the chance to see inside this school, and will really help you understand what's going on. 

Usually, it is only  available to visitors to the school, but by arrangement we will be able to order copies. Here is a review of the book, kindly written by Chris Merrick, and at the close of this article is what to do if you want to order the book.

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