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Welcome

                    ... to our programme for 2023 - 4.

Centres are showing great enthusiasm to connect and grow, and we will be offering seminars, events and exchanges to maximise the potential of these times.

If you are interested in discussing bespoke professional development possibilities for your centre please get in touch.

Go HERE if you want to read about past events, presentations seminars.


 

  • Are you an educator or centre actively engaged in evolving your pedagogy with reference to the preschools of Reggio Emilia?
  • Have you already visited Reggio's preschools and would like to encounter preschools in Sweden  who are also on similarly inspired pedagogical journeys?

Sightlines Initiative Network and the ReggioEmilia Institute of Sweden have had a collaboration spanning more than two decades, and we are delighted to announce a 2024 opportunity for educators  once again to visit, meet and dialogue.

The three days' programme will begin at Stockholm Reggio Emilia Institutet building in the gardens of Kungsholmen, central Stockholm, and we recommend that you arrive during the prior weekend, and stay in nearby accommodation, in good time to orient yourselves. 

The price includes the course itself, excluding lunches which can be had in the city nearby the Institute.

For any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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3-Day Programme Outline

Presentations

1) 'What Swedish preschools have learned from Reggio Emilia': Greger Rösnes, managing director, Reggio Emilia Institute

educational environments - from tradition to change; examples from a living practice; 'the knowledge view and the child's view';  organization of work teams and time; pedagogic documentation 

2) Project working in preschool

(example…) PROJECTING METHODS OF WORKING ABOUT THE PRESCHOOL AS AN IMPORTANT ECOLOGICAL ACTOR IN THE NEIGHBOURING COMMUNITY. This project examines a group of preschool children's exploration of the diversity in the meadow near their preschool, about the meeting with an entomologist and the collaboration that arises. The focus is both on the children and how the pedagogical documentation and reflection become important for the didactic choices that the educators make when research and accepted knowledge have an important place in the preschool. It is a story about the preschool as a democratic meeting place where the children participate with their exploration, their conversations and their initiatives, and about how this creates friendships and processes outside the preschool. 

3) Swedish preschool in a context – political and cultural, as well as Reggio Emilia Inspiration in Swedish primary school. 

Three visits to Reggio Emilia-inspired preschools: 

visit to see how the educational philosophy from Reggio Emilia is evolving in practice in different Swedish preschools in different areas: Nynäshamn, Haninge, Huddinge.

Date Monday 4th March 2024
End Date Wednesday 6th March 2024
Available places 12
Price £850
Location/Map ReggioEmilia Institutet, Stockholm

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Reggio SW 2016 imageThe preschools of Reggio Emilia have for more than a half-century been an international beacon for educators seeking to form enlightened education.

The vision and determination of a local community to create places of warm convivial learning for their children, enriched by a tenacious, researchful vision for education is a lasting and powerful contradiction to the idea of sitting children in an  environment of passive instruction.

These are times of possibility. Amidst calls and demands to ‘return to normal’ there are many who have lost patience with the ‘old normal’ or have seen that other ways of living and learning are indeed preferable. Multitudes of educators, head teachers, parents and advocates are striving to protect and develop possibilities for educational experiences with children’s rights, wellbeing and proclivities for natural enquiry at the heart.  Internationally we can see the development of education with principles informed by the exuberant work of Reggio’s preschools.

Sunday 22nd - Friday 27th October 2023

Loris Malaguzzi International Centre, Reggio Emilia, Italy.

This is a one-week study visit to learn about and be inspired by the world renowned educational approach of the preschools and infant toddler centres of Reggio Emilia.

This course will explore the key principles underpinning the Reggio approach to early childhood education including:

  • History and background
  • Creativity and expressive languages of children
  • The pedagogy of listening
  • The environment as 'the third teacher'
  • Parents as partners
  • Democratic citizenship
  • Children as the subjects of rights
  • Children and educators as researchers
  • Observation, interpretation, documentation
  • Making learning visible
  • Professional dialogue

Read on for further details and booking, including how you will receive our help and support before, during and after the study week.

Date Sunday 22nd October 2023
End Date Friday 27th October 2023
Available places 62
Cut off date Friday 29th September 2023
Price £1,560
Location/Map Reggio Emilia, Italy

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

The preschools of Reggio Emilia have for more than a half-century been an international beacon for educators seeking to form enlightened education.

The vision and determination of a local community to create places of warm convivial learning for their children, enriched by a tenacious, researchful vision for education is a lasting and powerful contradiction to the idea of sitting children in an  environment of passive instruction.

These are times of possibility. Amidst calls and demands to ‘return to normal’ there are many who have lost patience with the ‘old normal’ or have seen that other ways of living and learning are indeed preferable. Multitudes of educators, head teachers, parents and advocates are striving to protect and develop possibilities for educational experiences with children’s rights, wellbeing and proclivities for natural enquiry at the heart.  Internationally we can see the development of education with principles informed by the exuberant work of Reggio’s preschools.

Sunday 16th - Friday 21st April 2023

Loris Malaguzzi International Centre, Reggio Emilia, Italy.

This is a one-week study visit to learn about and be inspired by the world renowned educational approach of the preschools and infant toddler centres of Reggio Emilia.

This course will explore the key principles underpinning the Reggio approach to early childhood education including:

  • History and background
  • Creativity and expressive languages of children
  • The pedagogy of listening
  • The environment as 'the third teacher'
  • Parents as partners
  • Democratic citizenship
  • Children as the subjects of rights
  • Children and educators as researchers
  • Observation, interpretation, documentation
  • Making learning visible
  • Professional dialogue

Read on for further details and booking, including how you will receive our help and support before, during and after the study week.

Date Sunday 16th April 2023
End Date Friday 21st April 2023
Available places 3
Cut off date Friday 31st March 2023
Price £1,560
Location/Map Reggio Emilia, Italy

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

Visit Madeley Nursery School and encounter theirs and Sightlines Initiative Network's, principles in practice. 

documentation and displaydocumentation displayed"We are a Reggio inspired school with a beautiful learning environment and exciting child led curriculum. As a research school, we are involved in many national and international projects linked to early learning. Our aim is to create 'a community of learning where there are endless opportunities to discover together through curiosity, creativity and play."

Madeley Nursery School in Telford are keen participants in Sightlines' Network since 2000. This day  is designed for those wanting to explore the possible ways of practicing the principles of an environment of enquiry, and engage in dialogue with a committed staff group who are making keen endeavours to explore and develop their own practice. 

The day will begin promptly at 9a.m. at the Nursery, with an introduction followed by time to observe in the morning. After lunch there will be opportunities for discussion, and at the close of the school day, general discussion with staff. We will explore how the principles of Sightlines Initiative can be developed in your daily practice; the influences and inspirations from Reggio, and the inevitable challenges. 

Date Wednesday 2nd November 2022
Available places 9
Price £160
Member Discount 10%
Times 9a.m. - 4p.m.
Location/Map Madeley, Telford

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children and adult dancers in synchrony, arcoballetto project Reggio Emilia

A Sightlines Initiative Pathway for Network Centres evolving & evidencing relational pegagogy

INTRODUCTION SESSION


The Focus Group will be a small group of centres (envisaged around five) committed to evolving 'Environments of Enquiry' pedagogy, through systemic evolution, researching one another's practice through dialogues and coursework, and examination of other reference pedagogy, particularly that of the preschools of Reggio. We may also invite collegiate participation from network colleagues engaged in appropriate academic research.

We aim to develop a public visits programme and documentation library for other educators and network members, showcasing work of the participant group. 

Monthly online sessions will be 4p.m. unless otherwise arranged.

Programme

September – October

  • Introduction session online (free to all network members prior to signup.) You must log on first to register - if you have forgotten your member logon (or are interested in participating but can't make the intro date) then email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. without delay.
  • Establishment of the group, including grouphub registration to dialogue systems.

November – December

  • Introductions online, including virtual tours; examinations of enabling systems
  • Establishing centre-based intentions for systems development and evidencing
  • Discussion focus: ’How does the daily life of the school/centre nurture children’s fascinations and an environment of enquiry?

January – April

  • Seeing & nurturing relationship in children’s learning processes: examining the centres’ uses of Time, Space and Attention;
  • Nurturing in the educators a culture and consciousness of questioning and seeing things differently;
  • Managing and nurturing Learning groups as part of the daily life.
  • April: first review of impact and effectiveness through exploration of centres’ documentations.

May – July

  • Presentations; editing documentation
  • Initiation of first public visits programme
  • Discussion focus: making learning visible

NOTES

  • The discussion foci continue to build over the course – they become layered up during the year;
  • The group will be structured and facilitated by two Sightlines Initiative consultants from outside the group.
  • There will be up to three nominated participants from each centre.
  • We invite academic Network colleagues (e.g. those who are undertaking appropriate postgraduate research) to participate as co-participants.
  • The £750 fee is for the whole programme participation for one centre and may be paid in installments. 
Date Wednesday 21st September 2022
Price This introduction session online is free to all network members prior to signup.
Please Note: The Introduction session does not commit your centre to participate in the group. Interested Centres will sign up by October 1st.
Times 4.p.m.
Location/Map online

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The preschools of Reggio Emilia have for more than a half-century been an international beacon for educators seeking to form enlightened education.

The vision and determination of a local community to create places of warm convivial learning for their children, enriched by a tenacious, researchful vision for education is a lasting and powerful contradiction to the idea of sitting children in an  environment of passive instruction.

These are times of possibility. Amidst calls and demands to ‘return to normal’ there are many who have lost patience with the ‘old normal’ or have seen that other ways of living and learning are indeed preferable. Multitudes of educators, head teachers, parents and advocates are striving to protect and develop possibilities for educational experiences with children’s rights, wellbeing and proclivities for natural enquiry at the heart.  Internationally we can see the development of education with principles informed by the exuberant work of Reggio’s preschools.

Sunday 12th - Friday 17th June 2022

Loris Malaguzzi International Centre, Reggio Emilia, Italy.

This is a one-week study visit to learn about and be inspired by the world renowned educational approach of the preschools and infant toddler centres of Reggio Emilia.

This course will explore the key principles underpinning the Reggio approach to early childhood education including:

  • History and background
  • Creativity and expressive languages of children
  • The pedagogy of listening
  • The environment as 'the third teacher'
  • Parents as partners
  • Democratic citizenship
  • Children as the subjects of rights
  • Children and educators as researchers
  • Observation, interpretation, documentation
  • Making learning visible
  • Professional dialogue

Read on for further details and booking, including how you will receive our help and support before, during and after the study week.

Date Sunday 12th June 2022
End Date Friday 17th June 2022
Available places 51
Cut off date Friday 3rd June 2022
Price £1,560
Location/Map Reggio Emilia, Italy
Download info SI_Reggio_Study_Week_2022.pdf

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

What’s gone wrong with education and how can we fix it?

Join the progressive alliance organisation Compass on Thursday 7th April for the first of two events examining how to create the education system our children truly deserve.

why do we do that KR

Covid-19 has exposed the vast inequalities baked into the way we educate children in the UK. But there’s a whole lot more that needs changing – and most politicians don’t like talking about it.

  • Are we genuinely providing children and young people with the education they need to deal with the huge challenges ahead?
  • Are we finding the spark in every child?
  • Have schools become exam factories?
  • What do we want for our children, here and now – and for the future?

In short, what’s the point of education in the 21st century?

Joining us to discuss are this and much more are four education thinkers and doers:
• Peter Moss, Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Provision at UCL Institute of Education University College London
• Christine Merrick, former Ofsted inspector and ex headteacher with nearly fifty years’ experience in early years and primary education in the UK and abroad
• Robin Duckett, founder of Sightlines Initiative for creative practice in UK early education
• Madeleine Holt, education campaigner and filmmaker in innovative primary and secondary schools through Schools on Screen

At the event we we’ll explore:

  • The spread of GERM – the Global Education Reform Movement – throughout our system
  • Its symptoms – standardisation, market-led competition, a narrowed curriculum, and test-based accountability
  • The human cost: a burgeoning workload and unhappy staff and students

It’s time to question what’s driving education: is it the needs of children and young people, or something else entirely?


Register to join the call – and keep your eyes peeled for our second session on 19th May looking at visions, examples and solutions.

Date Thursday 7th April 2022
Price free; online registration required
Presenters

• Peter Moss, Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Provision at UCL Institute of Education University College London
• Christine Merrick, former Ofsted inspector and ex headteacher
• Robin Duckett, founder of Sightlines Initiative
• Madeleine Holt, education campaigner and filmmaker

Times 6 - 7.30p.m.

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How do children make meaning through multiple modes or ‘languages’, including the visual? How can we recognise, value and support all children’s metaphorical thinking? What can we learn about our own understanding in the process?

Stickman"Furry Stickman" - Winnie, Little Jungle School of Early ChildhoodLondon ReFocus has been considering these questions throughout a two-year project exploring ‘Visual Metaphor’, initiated as a Sightlines Network project in 2019 & inspired by a recent project focus in Reggio Emilia’s preschools and infant-toddler centres. You can read initial project descriptions and papers through following the link. 

The event will showcase some of the ongoing collaborative reflection and enquiry from early years settings in and around London. We will consider the importance of materials, environments and the adult’s role in supporting children to make visual metaphors, and what insights these can offer into children’s thinking.

 London ReFocus is part of the Sightlines Initiative Network, bringing together educators, artists, researchers and others interested in developing a creative and reflective approach to early years education, inspired by the practice of Reggio Emilia. 

All are welcome to hear about our work and we will share an invitation to join us for the next stage of the project.

Our language is full of metaphor; arguably it comprises metaphor: as educators working to attune ourselves to a way of seeing the world metaphorically, we also are working to attune ourselves to the way others see the world , and can see the word metaphorically. We are also working to figure out the ways in which we can present educational opportunities or constructs for children  in order to amplify  their potentials, to exercise their own competencies  …

Date Thursday 18th November 2021
Price free
Presenters Members of London ReFocus
Please Note: You will be sent a Zoom link upon registration, so look out for the email.
Times 4.30 - 6p.m.
Location/Map online

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