Excellent outcome from Ofsted visit

One morning last October we had an impromptu visit from two Ofsted inspectors at  SML College, Brighton. The lead inspector spent some time quizzing most of the students on an individual basis. He asked about what they did and how the college ran including the times which they attended. The Chair of Governors in the College, Dr Ian Cunningham, explained to the inspectors that the College did not have an imposed curriculum, it had no classrooms or formal lessons, no timetable, nor any other of the arrangements found in school. After the lead inspector had spoken to students he commented […]

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The Twelve Days of Christmas at SMLC

On the first day of Christmas, the students gave to SMLC Unlimited super-fast broadband for free On the second day of Christmas, the students gave to SMLC Aira’s kitchen checklist and unlimited super-fast broadband for free On the third day of Christmas, the students gave to SMLC A Unity game from Lily, Aira’s kitchen checklist and unlimited super-fast broadband for free On the fourth day of Christmas, the students gave to SMLC Cool tunes from Harry, A Unity game from Lily, Aira’s kitchen checklist and unlimited super-fast broadband for free On the fifth day of Christmas, the students gave to […]

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Libertarian education: marginal experiment or instrument of social change?

Listen to the talks by Luca Lapolla. “Is libertarian education really possible within a neoliberal society? Why have libertarian education experiences always been marginal? What role can libertarian education have in overcoming the present situation? To think about possible answers to these questions, we held our fourth Applied History Network event at MayDay Rooms in London on 19 April 2016. The idea to organise this event came after a reflection on my personal experiences as a teacher in mainstream schools, and took shape when I noticed that the debates on libertarian education at the last London Anarchist Bookfair (October 2015) […]

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Governors opportunity at SML College

Due to growing popularity of the College both nationally and internationally, we are will be expanding our governing body which is made up of a diverse group of academics, professionals and members of the College community. This is an opportunity to be part of a unique and expanding educational venture. If you’d like to proactively support our work and play a part in our progress please contact Ian Cunningham for more info. ian@csml.org.uk        

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Arts Award

We continue to use this excellent qualification that has been developed by the Arts Council. The advantage to us is that it allows students to create their own personalised portfolios of real learning and at the same time gain GCSE level qualifications. While older students generally do take their own selections of GCSEs such exams are often limited in not showing the full extent of student learning. The Arts Award allows a much richer picture of achievement to show through. Another advantage over GCSEs is that we have three qualified assessors in our tutor team so that we can do […]

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Radio 5 Live

Ian Cunningham was asked to contribute to a phone-in programme on Radio 5 Live. As a result of his comments about education and about our College the radio station received many positive emails and phone calls. This resulted in them deciding to broadcast a proper slot on the College. A reporter came and interviewed students and tutors. The piece she did is available from us as a podcast. The final version of the piece, coupled with an interview with Ian, went out on the Nicky Campbell show in February. Please contact Ian directly if you’d like to hear it: ian@csml.org.uk

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Brighton Youth Centre

We don’t just rent the extensive facilities at Brighton Youth Centre (BYC): we also feel part of the range of offerings in the Youth Centre. In this respect Ian Cunningham made a presentation at an event on March 4 that featured the various organisations associated with the building. Our work fits well with the youth work and other activities in BYC.

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Local TV

Brighton’s own TV station is Latest TV. Their reporters came to the College in December and filmed students at work. Some of this involved David Allistone demonstrating the use of 3D printing by students and Megan Leckie and Joe Palmer showing students working on a project. Two programmes went out on their early evening show featuring this work.

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Brighton University

As part of our collaboration with the School of Education, Gillian Trott contributed to a workshop for undergraduates on employability. Gillian has been in discussions with the University over further developments and has been invited to join their Board for the BA (Education).

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