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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Gaining an Arts award at SML College

At SML College we provide the facility for students to achieve an Arts Award, set up by the Arts Council to provide a route for young people to develop their creative and leadership skills and gain GCSE and AS level equivalent qualifications in the arts.  To achieve their Arts Award, students take on various challenges in an art form of their choice and create a portfolio of work with the support of an Arts Award adviser, who acts as assessor, facilitator and mentor. We provide the facility for our students to gain an Arts Award at Bronze or Silver level. Bronze […]

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GOING TO THE BIG SCHOOL? Choices in secondary education.

GOING TO THE BIG SCHOOL? Choices in secondary education.

SIZE MATTERS The transition from a small primary school into secondary education is an issue for many parents. There are serious choices to be made for children at this age. We know that many children feel nervous about going into a large, more impersonal school where they do not feel known by teachers. In a typical secondary school a teacher might see over 250 children in a week and cannot get to know all of them really well. In addition the national data show that schools are getting larger year by year. This issue of size is serious. The research […]

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Charley’s art workshop

Charley’s art workshop

  Last Thursday Charley came into SMLC to give an Art workshop on dreams and nightmares. She started by giving us lots of magazines and scissors. Then she told us what ever picture that looked interesting to us to cut them out and put them on a black background. We could make what ever would be in our dreams or nightmares. I made a picture about evolution. It was about how we came from a fish to animals and a picture of every animal I could find. I was quite happy about how it all came together. I think Charley […]

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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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How young people manage their own learning at SML College

Take yourself back to your schooldays. Did you learn everything that you were taught? Or did you sometimes daydream in class? Perhaps there were subjects that you didn’t like so you paid less attention to them – or you were even disruptive in such lessons. For whatever reason, it’s likely that the teacher ‘covering the syllabus’ did not always result in you learning everything that they wanted you to. We know that people – of all ages – like to learn in different ways. My favourite teacher in my traditional boys grammar school was the geography teacher. Because he never […]

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A better way to educate

Self Managed Learning College is part of a global movement bringing traditional 19th century education into the 21st century by paying attention to solid evidence of better ways of educating young people. The case I will make here is that the role of adults and of schools should be to support young people in taking charge of their own lives and, centrally, of their own learning. I will mention a few examples of solid evidence about learning before indicating how to respond to this evidence. Evidence All young people are different. Specifically all the research shows that people (young and […]

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