Month: December 2015

Ben Fogle: We need more wilderness in education, not more exams

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‘I don’t want my children to feel the same sense of failure I did growing up because they’re not good at passing tests.’ Photograph: Ben Fogle

With the government planning to introduce national tests for 7-year-old children, have we gone too far with the box-ticking approach to education? Ben Fogle certainly thinks so and wants children to spend more of their learning time in the outdoors with nature.

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Prince George to attend a Montessori nursery in Norfolk

Kensington Palace has released the news that Prince George will begin to attend the Westacre Montessori Nursery School in Norfolk before the end of January.  Both Prince William and Prince Harry attended Montessori Nursery schools as toddlers.

The Westacre Montessori Nursery School was rated “good” by Ofsted earlier this year.

https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/media/press-releases/prince-george-nursery-announcement

 

Paris Climate Change Talks End in Agreement Being Signed

French foreign minister and president-designate of COP21 Laurent Fabius (centre), raises hands with UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon and French president François Hollande. Photograph: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images
French foreign minister and president-designate of COP21 Laurent Fabius (centre), raises hands with UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon and French president François Hollande. Photograph: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

The last of the Paris climate change talks took place on Saturday, in which ministers from 196 countries got together to debate the issue. Following hours of negotiations and compromises, at 7:16pm the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, announced that the agreement had finally been signed.

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What is Education? Commons Select Committee to Investigate

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Tristram Hunt has argued that schools should move away from the “exam factory” model (Getty)

What is the purpose of education? A parliamentary select committee is going to investigate this question and get to the root of why we have an educational system. Is it to prepare young people to pass exams, or should education be helping young people build character and develop the knowledge and skills they’ll need to lead a fulfilling adult life?

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New Level 4 Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching (VRQ)

Crossfields Institute is pleased to announce the launch of this new specialist qualification, regulated by Ofqual, for those wishing to coach and inspire individuals and groups towards long term diet and lifestyle changes for improved health and wellbeing. It includes knowledge and practical skills in diet, nutrition and lifestyle, as well as communication and coaching skills.

The Institute of Health Sciences (IHS) as a lead development partner, has provided subject expertise and content in the development of this qualification. IHS is approved to deliver this qualification in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

For more information about this qualification, please contact Crossfields Institute at info@crossfieldsinstitute.com or call 01453 808 118.

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