Visitors to the College

We continue to welcome visitors who are interested in our work. We take seriously our charitable status to develop educational practice and to support parents and others. We have visits from other community organisations as well as schools (where they are looking for alternatives to use with students who do not respond to classroom-based learning). We have particularly enjoyed visits from educationalists from other countries who are planning to develop Self Managed Learning programmes. The most recent of these visitors have been from Chile and from the USA. Another reason for visitors is for them to engage with students around […]

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Recent conferences and events

SPARK was a Brighton-based one day conference on education that explored creative 21st century approaches to learning. Gillian Trott, David Allistone, Louis d’Aboville and Ian Cunningham contributed to it. ‘One Church’ community organisation organised an evening for young people on employability. Ian Cunningham made a presentation on our approach that prepares young people for the world of work by addressing the kinds of needs that employers want – team working skills, creativity and self management. A national conference critical of ‘The State of Education’ attracted many people and Ian has been involved in meeting after the conference in planning future […]

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School liaison

We have had an involvement with local schools for many years, This has included running programmes inside schools as well as taking school students into the College. Paloma Hanlon is taking up the schools liaison role and would be interested to hear from any schools that would like to know more our work. (Contact paloma@csml.org.uk). We continue to support the Self Managed Learning programme that has been running in schools in Dorset provided by Guidance for Youth. New programmes are planned for September 2015 onwards.

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Student Voice

On Monday July 7 2014 past and present students and parents from the College attended a conference on student voice in London. They put on a workshop to show how the College works. A fascinating discussion occurred with school pupils attending making odd claims about what is possible. For instance some said that it would not be possible for our students to get GCSEs by virtue of our approach. They said this having been told by the ex-student chairing the meeting that he had gained 8 A* grades at GCSE through the College the year before. There is a fuller […]

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Our people – changes

Alison McDonagh has been an important tutor with us for a number of years and she is retiring at the end of this term. Her fantastic expertise and tutoring skills in art and in music will be greatly missed. She has been a significant contributor to the excellence of the College’s creative work and many students over the years have benefited from her caring support. This means that we are recruiting – and it will mean two new tutorial opportunities in music (particularly tuition in singing and in piano) and in art. We are also going to appoint someone to […]

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Student visits

Outside visits are important for our students. As an example groups have recently undertaken workshops at local art galleries such as Fabrica and the Onca Gallery. In April, David Allison helped to organise a visit to Fuse Box, an amazing facility for Digital Industries in the City.  See http://www.fusebox24.co.uk for info.  Gillian Trott took students to meet Jesse Black Mooney, Manager of the exciting Brighton Digital Festival which takes place in Autumn http://www.brightondigitalfestival.co.uk.  Some of the students are interested in exploring working in the digital industry and this trip gave them a great opportunity to learn more about it and […]

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University of Sussex collaboration

As part of our collaboration with the Informatics Department at the University of Sussex we have had groups of students from their Masters degree working with our students. They have entered into the spirit of SML by identifying what our students are interested in and then helping them with material on programming that fits with these interests.

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