Courses for Schools 

The needs and wishes of individual schools are used to design and deliver tailor made sessions that build on their own existing practice, ethos, values and visions. All these sessions come with a mixture of theory and practical activities and with a plethora of children’s work across the age-range to illustrate how each of the concepts and ideas discussed manifests itself within the daily life and routine of the classroom and school. All sessions can be delivered to clusters or individual schools as whole day INSET days, half days, away days, staff meetings or twilight sessions.

The Joy of Not Knowing

A one day theoretical, practical and interactive course for all staff ...read more

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The Learning to Learn Week

This course focuses specifically on how to design, establish and embed the concept of a dedicated Le ...read more

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Philosophy

 Introducing a philosophical approach to the curriculum, the teaching and learning process and ...read more

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The Model of Excellence and Enjoyment

Establishing a non-prescriptive and flexible whole school approach to teaching, learning, challenge ...read more

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The Lifelong Learning Dispositions

Embedding the JONK Lifelong Learning Dispositions and Behaviours into the life of the school and see ...read more

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Links with the Local, National and Global Communities

Introducing the way that the JONK values, rights and lifelong learning dispositions enable the schoo ...read more

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Students as Leaders of School Improvement

Introducing the concept of the JONK multi-professional teams to drive the school development plan an ...read more

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Pupil Voice, Democracy and Change

Establishing termly optional open-ended challenges to all the children and their families to enable ...read more

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Links with Families and Home Learning

 Using home learning as a means of developing creative thinking at home, developing links with ...read more

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Challenge in the Curriculum

Intellectual challenge is an integral part of all parts of the teaching and learning process and of ...read more

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Action Research and Evidence Based Practice

Introducing practical ideas that enable schools and individual practitioners to embed action research as part of their everyday practice ...read more

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School Collaborative Research Projects

The various aspects of the JONK approach have been used by local authorities or other organisations ...read more

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Devising Your Next Steps Alongside Pupils, Staff & Governors

Marcelo will work with staff and pupils to get to know your school, your context, your successes and ...read more

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Success Stories

I have already had some very positive feedback about the session so many many thanks for your contributions

- PGCE Course Leader

I'm a PGCE Primary student at Brighton and was really inspired by your lecture today. I studied Philosophy as part of my degree and love the idea of incorporating that into my lessons at school.

- Student | University of Brighton

We are 2 PGCE students at Brighton University and were recently at your highly inspiring lecture. We are currently on a placement in a year 3 class and have been given the opportunity to run a learning to learn/ PSHE day on the first day back after half term. We would like this day to focus on team building and PSHE type games in order to re-establish class rules and relationships. There is currently a lot of low level disruptions and behaviour issues, which is inhibiting learning. We would like to address these issues- can you help?

- Student | University of Brighton

I just wanted to drop you a little message to thank you for bringing in Marcelo this morning. To put it simply, he was utterly inspiring. His philosophy, ideas and approach to teaching has instilled in me a great deal of enthusiasm ahead of SBT2 and I cannot wait to get going again.

- Teacher

Thank you! The lecture you gave today at Brighton University was superb, a real inspiration to see that it is still possible to create a more holistic approach to learning that isn’t ruled by the chasing of numbers and figures; that views children as human beings with infinite potential rather than statistics. I would love to have any further tips you are willing to share that would help me implement this ethos into my teaching approach. I really felt that the information you provided today complemented yesterday’s lecture on ability grouping and has given me plenty of food for thought about my practice in the future.

- Teacher

Firstly, thank you for such a refreshing lecture this morning. Speaking with fellow students, it's easy to get bogged down with worrying about planning and progression and levels, but this morning has been an exciting reminder of the joys of working with children. I noticed you mentioned maths investigations in your presentations which really interested me. I am teaching my first lesson of this placement this week, and have been asked to focus on an investigation that uses multiplication. Although I have looked at various websites and books I am yet to be inspired. Do you know of any resources that may be of use to me? I am working with a year 3 class of varied ability and really want to inspire and engage them, but so far I am not finding anything which I think could successfully do this.

- Teacher