Inspiring day at SML College!

Inspiring day at SML College!

Thank you to everyone who came to our Open Day yesterday. Some of you traveled quite a distance and we really appreciate you taking time to visit. It’s encouraging to meet so many parents / carers & young people who feel that the traditional school setting and one-size-fits-all educational model are no longer fit for purpose and that there has to be a better way. Even more encouraging is that so many of you believe that managing one’s own learning & being part of a democratic community are the way forward.   Special thanks to all our students who helped […]

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October Open Day Invitation

Wednesday 19th October, 2-4pm With the Autumn term now well under way, we’re looking forward to our first Open Day of the season. Our Open Days are very informal, drop-in events where you can meet and chat to some of our current students and parents, as well as tutors and governors. There won’t be any ‘presentations’ and our community members will answer your questions in a totally unscripted way so you can be sure you’ll have some interesting & authentic conversations! If you’ve read our free ebook* and are interested in finding out more about our unique approach to learning, […]

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Visit to eco-architects ARCH angels

Visit to eco-architects ARCH angels

One of our students, Jack, is interested in considering architecture as a career so along with tutor Gillian, a visit to local eco-architects ARCH angels, was arranged to find out more about their work. They chose ARCH Angels because they have an emphasis on Green Architecture and are working on some interesting projects.  They are also extremely local being just around the corner from the College and we are keen to make connections with the local community. Here’s what Jack had to say about the visit. “Archangels are a Brighton-based architecture firm. Their main ethical focus is being environmentally aware. […]

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Virgin Territory creative workshop

Virgin Territory creative workshop

Some of our students at SML College recently took part in a social engagement creative workshop offered by the Internationally acclaimed performance company Vincent Dance Theatre at the Dome in Brighton. The workshop explored how our over-sexualised, digitised culture is affecting young people and their identities, expectations, choices and relationships through a series of creative tasks, ranging from sculpting clay to making t-shirt slogans to burying deep thoughts. They investigated everyday sexism and the challenges that young people face today, as they forge their own identities in an image-complex world. The stories, voices and materials generated through these workshops will […]

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Visit to Brighton Waste House

Visit to Brighton Waste House

Last week students from SML College visited the Waste House in Brighton. The Brighton Waste House investigates strategies for constructing a contemporary, low energy,  permanent building using over 85% ‘waste’ material drawn from household and construction sites. Now fully completed, the building is Europe’s first permanent public building made almost entirely from material thrown away or not wanted. It is also an EPC ‘A’ rated low energy building. They were amazed to see how much you can do with waste such as toothbrushes, skateboards, cassettes tapes, video tapes and boxes, vinyl records, bicycle inner tubes and tyres, denim jeans legs […]

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Volunteers and Placement Students

We have been delighted to have the support of volunteers to assist us in our work. This year we are very fortunate to have six placement students from BIMM and the University of Brighton. This enriches the experience for students and allows us to support volunteers who may be looking for a career in education. It has also been valuable to get support from experienced teachers who have welcomed a different approach to learning. We have been especially pleased to continue our collaboration with the University of Brighton and provide placements for their education students. The University of Brighton students […]

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Work experience

Onca Gallery In February , one of our students went on a work experience day to ONCA Gallery in Brighton. Rosy is interested in art history and philosophy and wanted to explore the possibility of managing a gallery in the future and find out what sort of work this kind of career would entail.  ONCA were very impressed with Rosy and have given her an open invitation to return to the Gallery for more work experience opportunities. ONCA are also keen to explore potential joint projects with SML College in the future.

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Science tutor appointment

Science tutor appointment

We are delighted to welcome James Mannion to the College staff this term. James has worked as a Science teacher in Brighton for the last 10 years. He has a Masters in Person Centred Education from the University of Sussex and is currently completing a PhD in Learning to Learn at the University of Cambridge. James also works as an education consultant specialising in behaviour and teacher research, and is a founding director of Praxis Education CIC.

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The Brighton and Shanghai Educational Partnership

Helping Chinese young people to get a real education The following is a press release that the College issued earlier this year. “Dr Ian Cunningham of Brighton’s Self Managed Learning College argues that: “It’s madness that the UK Government wants to copy the Shanghai schooling model – an approach that fails its young people and its society. We have entered into a partnership with iSkool in Shanghai to support this new school to revolutionise education in China.” Ann Qiu, its Director, commented: “If a ‘successful’ education system is based on shaping students as conformists and passive learners without confidence in […]

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International links

As well as our link to China we continue to maintain a range of international contacts. Ian Cunningham met with Australian colleagues in Sydney in February and they reported on the enthusiasm for SML in their primary school. We continue to support the International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC) as well as the Alternative Education Resource Organisation (AERO) in New York.

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