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    School drama: is this the tragic end?

    Chief executive and artistic director of the National Youth Theatre, Paul Roseby, has spoken out about the lack of funding for drama in schools and the deterioration of its status as a subject in its own right (read our news article here). But with the government still beating teachers with a big stick about English and maths results to the detriment of everything else, this was surely inevitable. So how can we stop this from being the tragic end for school drama?

    Do you 'think outside the box' when planning your learning programme for schools?

    I'm heartened to hear that some schools are still motivated to 'think outside the box' a little when it comes to school trips. But is your learning programme doing the same thing, or is it the same as all the others?

    Why children need to do more 'watching'

    In last week's TES magazine there is a really interesting interview with anthropologist David F Lancy and there's one fascinating bit that I want to pick out.

    Why organisations like the BBC should be engaging with schools - regularly.

    I'm delighted to hear that the BBC will be sending journalists into secondary schools and sixth forms to talk to young people about fake news, but we think that influential organisations should be engaging with schools on a regular basis as a matter of course.

    The HLF's impact on local learning opportunities

    I'm currently working on the learning component of a couple of HLF (Heritage Lottery Fund) applications for Dorset organisations and and it has made me think about the impact that HLF funding has on the learning opportunities available to schools. 

    Working with local schools: what's in it for you?

    Kuloko is the network for school visit providers and individuals and businesses that have skills, expertise or local knowledge that could be of use to local schools. We encourage a wide range of businesses and organisations to sign up because we believe that almost every business has something to offer local schools and together can create a hub of fantastic local learning opportunities.  But, I hear you say, what's in it for us?

    Supporting the Tree Charter through your learning offer

    The Tree Charter was launched on 6th November to highlight the role of trees and woodlands in people's lives and to encourage everyone to 'stand up for trees'. At a time when children and young people are showing worrying signs of being disconnected from the natural environment, it's important to draw their attention to the charter and to create opportunities for them to learn about, engage with and appreciate trees. So how can your organisation help?

    Toads are just baby frogs - aren't they?

    I've discovered that the board game 'Articulate' gives a really good indication of a player's vocabulary and general knowledge and having recently played the game with some younger family members, I'm worried. Very worried.

    Breaking down barriers: working with local schools is easier than you think

    You're a skilled craftsperson, an expert in your field or simply someone with a lot of knowledge about your local area. You could be a very valuable outreach resource for local schools. So what's stopping you making links with them?

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