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Opening Minds Redesign

Opening Minds has been undergoing an exciting phase of redesign over the summer and we are now ready to unveil our plans for how we hope to engage a greater number of schools in real curriculum innovation. A 2012 literature review carried out by the RSA provided evidence of the worldwide demand for a rigorous, More…

New report published

RSA Opening Minds commissioned the University of Sussex to conduct a literature review. The aim of the review was to collate an evidence base with regards the effectiveness of competence based curricula in secondary schools both generally and with specific reference to the RSA Opening Minds competence framework.  The review is required to provide an More…

RSA Opening Minds Award

If you have applied to become an RSA Opening Minds school and are using Opening Minds within your Key Stage 3 curriculum you might be interested in the RSA Opening Minds Award. This is an Award, developed in collaboration with ASDAN, which is competence based. It is a series of challenges which should enable and More…

Conference 2012 – keynote speakers confirmed

We are delighted that Dr Wendy Piatt, Director General of the Russell Group and Dame Ellen MacArthur, round the world sailor and founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation are confirmed as keynote speakers at the RSA Opening Minds second annual conference. The conference will be chaired by Matthew Taylor, CEO of the RSA. The conference will be More…

RSA Opening Minds conference 2012

Subjects and skills? How can we best support young people for the challenges ahead? March 2nd, 2012 at the Institute of Education For a full conference brochure please contact rsaopeningminds@rsa.org.uk Tickets cost £150. To book a ticket click here http://wwwrsaopeningmindsconference2012.eventbrite.com/ This conference is for schools interested in, new to and already practising Opening Minds. Features More…

Left behind and losing out

Left behind and losing out: the government’s failure of leadership on the digital revolution in education Three technology stories caught my eye during August. First a story in the TES: “The world’s ‘most wired’ nation, South Korea, expects to replace all paper textbooks with electronic tablets at its state-run schools by 2015.” TES 29th July More…

End of term curriculum scorecard

The phone-hacking scandal masked the blizzard of announcements that poured out of the Department for Education shortly before schools broke up for the summer term.  In case you missed them here is a summary of three key announcements relating to the curriculum – along with headline scores and comments on each of them. Revised professional More…

Time to confess – TES carries some important stories

I have a confession to make. It does not quite rank alongside the mea culpae coming out of News Corp over the phone hacking scandal but I feel I should get something off my chest. So here goes. I am sorry to say that though I subscribe faithfully I do not read each and every More…

Levers and educational ends and means

The former education secretary, Estelle Morris, made an interesting speech this week. Addressing school leaders at the National College for School Leadership conference in Birmingham she argued that politicians in England used four levers for shaping or controlling the direction of schools policy: Structures, where Estelle recognised that it was far too easy for politicians More…

First school is accreditated

We are delighted that Lea Manor High School in Luton is the first school to become an accredited RSA Opening Minds school. Their practice of Opening Minds is of the very highest quality in terms of both its development and delivery. Robert Hill, Chair of Opening Minds will be visiting Lea Manor on June 6th to present a certificate of More…