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RSA Opening Minds Conference on Subjects and Skills: how can we best support young people for the challenges ahead?  brought together educationalists,teachers and students to share and celebrate innovative ways of thinking about teaching and learning. School heads such as Dr Patrick Hazelwood, Head Teacher of St John’s School talk about the impact of implementing More…

Developing students with 21st century skills

An introduction to implementing an RSA Opening Minds curriculum An exciting one day course designed for schools new to or interested in RSA Opening Minds will be held on December 1st, 2011. RSA Opening Minds promotes innovative and integrated ways of thinking about teaching and learning. It helps students to develop the skills they need to More…

What about specialisms of teachers?

Thematic teaching often requires teachers to spend some time teaching outside of their subject specialisms. However, where this occurs it is recommended that subject specialists – and where possible subject heads – are deeply involved in the planning and review of Opening Minds. It is also the case that some schools are using team teaching More…

What about subject knowledge?

Opening Minds is not an alternative to the teaching of subject knowledge – rather it is an alternative way of delivering it. In terms of content covered many schools find that they are in fact able to cover more content under Opening Minds because of the commitment of students to their learning and the open More…

Is Opening Minds suitable for Gifted and Talented students?

Opening Minds has provided many schools with the opportunity to really stretch their Gifted and Talented students. Not only do some students who excel at academic work find some of the competences challenging in themselves (collaborative working and managing situations including disappointment are often key examples), but the open ended and learner directed nature of More…

Is Opening Minds suitable for students with special educational needs?

Schools have found that Opening Minds can provide opportunities for learners with special educational needs to develop skills and confidence that a more traditional environment might struggle to provide. By explicitly teaching and encouraging progression in competences such as team working, high level collaboration skills, critical use of information and dealing with difficult situations – More…

When did Opening Minds first start?

Opening Minds was piloted in 2000 and more schools have been taking it up each year since.

Why have other schools decided to take up Opening Minds?

Schools cite creating more independent learners, developing real world skills, and improving students’ engagement as the three most important reasons for implementing Opening Minds. This indicates that the reasons for implementation can be complex. They may well cut across addressing current issues of concern within the school – for example a perceived level of passivity More…

What are the benefits of Opening Minds?

Opening Minds was designed to help schools teach young people competences that will help them thrive in the real world. Schools implementing Opening Minds have cited improvements in behaviour, attendance and engagement with learning among students doing Opening Minds. They have also reported that their students are learning more independently and are taking more ownership More…

Why is Opening Minds a curriculum ‘framework’ rather than a curriculum?

Opening Minds is not an ‘off the shelf’ curriculum that schools can buy. There are no schemes of work, lesson plans or materials available from the RSA. The competences provide a framework within which schools develop their own schemes of work and project plans – often borrowing and adapting the work done by other Opening More…