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It’s been a big month in education! After a lot of press coverage, many will be happy to hear that plans to turn all schools into academies have been halted. However, there are many challenges ahead, such as children’s mental health, which underline the importance of building an education system where the needs of children come first, not exams and metrics.

As you’ll see below, we too have had a busy month at Phoenix as we look toward the next School year as well as finishing off our work in this one.

Enjoy our May newsletter and please forward it on to anyone else who may be interested!

National Children's Day Celebration Success

15th May was National Children’s Day and we celebrated by holding an art show at Park School in Totnes. Thanks to everyone who played a part and you can find out more (including pictures) by clicking here. 

Schools Wanted to Join Phoenix Programme

Democratic Journeys is our programme to make schools more collaborative and build key skills in student leaders. We’re looking for 4 secondary schools to join next year - to find out more about the programme, click here.

Questions for Change Updates

We’re delighted that Teddington School has signed up to our analytic service Questions for Change. In addition, we’ve managed to update our surveying tool and added new elements to the service, particularly in helping schools promote participation.

Questions for Change is a service that diagnoses how collaborative schools are and gives them a road-map to improve. Click here to find out more.
Hidden Leaders Update

Hidden Leaders is our new training scheme, funded in part by Awards for All. We have begun the scheme with Hackney Community College, training students to become peer-trainers themselves.

We’re rolling our the course across other FE Colleges in September and look forward working in this sector.
Featured Video
In this moving Ted Talk, Jerry Mintz discusses the power of the democratic process in schools.

Click here to watch it.

Featured Phoenix Articles

- Check out the second part of our interview with Global Teaching Prize nominee, Sean Bellamy. Read More>

- How pupils are indoctrinated in thinking about education. Read More>

-  What is Democratic Education? Here’s our perspective. Read More>





Articles We've Come Across:

- Eoin Lenihan on how to promote collaboration between teachers in schools. Read More>

- An impassioned letter by a teacher who’s had enough of the current climate. Read More>

- Edutopia: How to promote inquiry based learning in the classroom. Read More> 

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