Sightlines Initiative

promoting creative and reflective practice in early childhood education


This Blog (or Diary) section has a broad mix of articles, reflections, comments, position pieces, as well as requests and information from Network members. It is becoming quite a comprehensive library. You can browse using the categories and search modules to the left.

Do contact us with your suggestions for new articles - and we really appreciate comments and other feedback.
Robin Duckett

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Nursery Teacher Wanted: Halifax

A school in our network are keen to develop the change work they have started, and are seeking a sympathetic new educator:

"Bolton Brow is a thriving convertor Academy which offers an incredible range of stimulating, quality experiences. Our pupils are individual, well-motivated, talented and spirited. They make good progress, attain well and deserve the best. We are seeking a full-time nursery Teacher, to begin in September 2016. 

You will:

  • Be highly dedicated and inspirational teacher who is passionate about the learning of our youngest children to join our committed team.
  • Be self-motivated with an open approach and willingness to make a contribution to the school's continuing improvement

In return we offer the successful applicant:

  • A supportive environment to a new member of staff in which professional development is valued. We encourage creativity and innovation and offer the freedom to explore this within curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Our closing date is Thursday 17th March.  Please read on, and spread the word."

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Gillian Reece-Jones
This is to fill the post I currently hold. We have already made huge changes and the Nursery has recently been rated as 'outstan... Read More
Friday, 11 March 2016 13:53
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'The purposes of education'

Shortly before Christmas 2015, the Education Committee decided that they would address this question. ("Now that's a good idea", thought many.) They invited public responses,  identifying three questions of the enquiry:

  • What should be the purpose of education for children of all ages in England ?
  • What measures should be used to evaluate the quality of education against this purpose?
  • How well does the current education system perform against these measures?

They received many responses, and you can see them  - and read them all - here.  The collection of submissions is a powerful set of documents, and worth publishing separately as a case study, we think. (In this article we are giving you an additional link to our original submission, it having been edited to conform.)

In our submission we began, as others also did, suggesting that they actually should begin by asking a preliminary question: 'What are the characteristics of learners?'

To be followed by their question And Then: 'so, what should education look like'?

We really hope that the portfolio of  submissions will cause the group of MPs to think widely, and we are sure that some of them will. 

In their first meeting last week (see the following video from the Parliament website) Gateshead MP Ian Mearns endeavours to steer Michael Wilshaw away from his 'performance indicators' back to the subject of the enquiry:

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Guest — Hannah Baker, The Arts Development Company
This makes my heart soar to know it is being questioned and considered. I have little faith it will lead to change but it's vital ... Read More
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Hospital . Wood . Library : a presentation supper in Cambridge

I want it to look foresty. When you see people’s gardens they can be a bit precise….I’d like it to be more free. When it’s perfect it can be limited. We should make this garden feel more wild, that’s what it feels like when you read a book. Eliza, age 8

Our colleagues Cambridge Curiosity & Imagination invite all to a presentation of their recent work. 

Without a doubt it will be fascinating and thoughtful, so if you are in striking range of Cambridge on the evening of 3rd March, mark the date, and get in touch with them!

"Three projects with children in different places

What happens when we invite children to be experts in these familiar places and explore with us some of our big questions - how can we lead more active futures? what can happen outside the classroom? how can this library garden be a friendly space for others?

This supper seminar will explore the challenge of co-creation with children and what that looks like in practice for everyone involved; children, teachers, other educators, families, other artists and experts. CCI artists Sally Todd and Deb Wilenski will share insights from recent work with Addenbrooke's Hospital, Spinney Wild Woods and Rock Road Library."

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