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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.
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Discussion and news for parents and the broad community

Here is a new resource for 2017, managed by Sightlines Initiative's 'Parents in Dialogue' group.

It is a connection point for parents and families keen to support our visions for education, to learn together, to signpost resources, campaigns and much more! The initial contributors will...

Discussion and news for parents and the broad community

Here is a new resource for 2017, managed by Sightlines Initiative's 'Parents in Dialogue' group.

It is a connection point for parents and families keen to support our visions for education, to learn together, to signpost resources, campaigns and much more! The initial contributors will be myself, Viviana Fiorentino, with Helen Beale and Lottie Child (plus occasionally Robin.) We look forward to the exchanges and making the changes in education about which we are so passionate.

Viviana Fiorentino, Diary Editor

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Parents in Dialogue

Since autumn 2016, a group of Sightlines' Network parents have been meeting  - over the internet, and at early years settings - to champion and develop the possibilities of inspired education for their children, to communicate what is possible to other parents, to support educators striving to develop education along the lines of  Sightlines' principles.

They share the frustration  common amongst so many parents about their children's situations. Here are two typical reflections: "As a family we are passionate about education. We are all life long learners and within 4 months of being in school my son told me that he was stupid and never wanted to learn again. This was after he had loved the Reggio-inspired teaching at Madeley Nursery, wanting to go there seven days a week." "Schools should be ateliers or laboratories of experiences for the hands and the mind, with plenty of time for playing in nature, to learn from it and love it."

Visions for our children

They are passionate to bring to the public table stories of what is 'out there', what is possible, and about the hopes, dreams, expectations and rights of children. They want to connect and give hope to the many parents dismayed by their children's experiences of school, to illustrate what is possible and what SHOULD be expected. The collection is just beginning; it will aim to illustrate Sightlines Principles found both in the everyday lives of children and in schools which are making this possible. We'll paste the first narrative tomorrow ...

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