Designing new schools : article

Great article worth reading:

Extract from:


Richard Donnelly @travelgeordie

So if we’re interested in retention of important pieces of the content or significant meanings from the content, then it needs to be transformed in some way.

Alfred North Whitehead wrote about this 100 years ago.  He said that inert knowledge is not enough, and he also said, along the lines of the ancients, we should educate for the development of dispositions in the 20th century. Sadly, we have been reduced to teaching subjects.  So, the question for someone who is on an exam course is that those courses are about content but they should also be about the development of dispositions.  It’s a question about how do we balance the two. How do we ensure that our students are developing and growing around those dispositions of critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration and so forth?


Train to Teach 2016

We are recruiting now for places on our School Direct courses for 2016/17


We are offering Primary (3-11) and the following Secondary Subjects:

Computer Science

PE recruitment is now closed for 2016/17 and other subjects may close due to allocated places nationally are filled.

Conference: Looking for Adventure 25th June

We are looking forward to our Conference next week. Hoping for some warm Cornish sunshine!

We have an amazing array of people coming to speak and host workshops and you will have an opportunity to meet them during the day.

Our workshops will get you thinking and talking about:

Mindfulness with Ben Chalwin
How to deliver effective change with Carl Jarvis
Student led consultations with Herman Wesselink College, Amsterdam
Latest ICT tools with Mark Anderson
REAL project experiences with Redruth School students
Outdoor learning with Andy Barclay
Critique and Multiple drafting with Kay Flewelling
Tour of REAL Projects with John Bosselman

Influential and Inspirational

We are very excited to be hosting so many influential and inspirational speakers at our Conference on 25th June:

Professor David Hopkins


David is Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Education, University of London, where he also held the inaugural HSBC iNet Chair in International Leadership. He is currently Education Director for multi-academy trust, Bright Tribe. David is also a Trustee of Outward Bound; Executive Director of the charity ‘Adventure Learning Schools’; holds visiting professorships at six national and international universities; and consults internationally on school reform.

Carl Jarvis


Carl is the Executive Headteacher of Hartsholme Academy and St Giles Academy. Hartsholme Academy is a National Teaching School and National Support School and was awarded ‘Innovation School of the Year 2013’. Carls philosophy centres on innovative practices that enable students to be fully interdependent and instilling “a burning desire for a need to know”. Carl’s work draws on global research of meta-cognative development and understand ‘how’ and ‘why’ we learn.

Mark Anderson


Mark Anderson is a passionate advocate for the use of technology in the classroom to improve and enhance learning. With 16 years classroom experience and an ADE (Apple Distinguished Educator), Mark has a proven track record of outstanding teaching and learning linked to innovative and deliberate use of technology. He has a knack of being able to tie together pedagogy to technology.

Professor Sir George Berwick


George Berwick has been described as a visionary. His inspirational and innovative leadership coupled with his relentless pursuit for excellence continues to thrive through his National and International work with Challenge Partners and Olevi. He is Chief Executive of Challenge Partners.

John Bosselman

john bosselman

John has worked in schools across the UK and the United States to support them in curriculum design and school transformation. John also works in school design, curriculum design, and supports schools to develop adult learning communities and REAL Projects.
Prior to working with the Innovation Unit, John taught Humanities at High Tech High Chula Vista, a charter school in California that works to share and develop project based learning around the world. John’s interests and work has focused on project based learning across subject areas, as well as academic support and motivation, individual student inquiry projects, internships, assessment, simulations to understand history, drama and experiential professional development.

Andy Barclay

andy barclay

Andy is Head of Cornwall Outdoors. With over 60 years’ experience in delivering outdoor activities Cornwall Outdoors can rightfully lay claim to being the most experienced outdoor provider in Cornwall. Established in 1947 as a means to reunite and re-energise the young people of Europe after the Second World War, Cornwall Outdoors began with a set of tents in a field near Restormel Castle in mid Cornwall. Humble beginnings with a hugely ambitious aim our belief remains the same; that outdoor activities and outdoor education offer massive benefits to those who take part so we simply say, “Get out, have fun, get better!”

Ben Chalwin

Ben is Deputy Headteacher at Alverton Primary School. He is passionate about using Mindfulness to direct our attention to what happens moment by moment rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen.

Computing at School Regional Hub TeachMeet 15th April

You are welcome to our Spring TeachMeet for our Computing at School Regional Hub where you can discuss all things computing at school with others.

Wednesday 15th April

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Mounts Bay Academy IT Suite
Boscathnoe Lane
Penzance TR18 3JT

Please come to reception to sign in and ask for Simon Elliott

QuickStart CPD Computing Curriculum Course

We are hosting a series of Workshops on the new Computing Curriculum developed by QuickStart Computing.

The workshops start on Wednesday 11th March through to 10th June.

Alongside the workshops there are 2 Computing at School TeachMeets for those generally interested in teaching Computing. You can send more than one teacher.

Click on this link for more details:

Quickstart Computing Course

Train to Teach

Applied Minds will be attending the FREE TraintoTeach Roadshow in Plymouth on Tuesday 3rd June.

Come along to the Holiday Inn between 5 and 8pm for a chat.

The future of Teacher Training.

We believe that those who can, teach and those who teach, lead.
If you want to be at the forefront of learning and make a real social contribution, the Applied Minds Initial Teacher Training scheme will equip you with the skills you need to inspire the thinkers and doers of the future.

Whether you’ve just finished your degree or have spent years following an alternate career path and are looking for a fresh challenge, the School Direct route gives you the opportunity to study the craft of teaching first-hand.