Education Village, Darlington

| November 7, 2008 | 2 Comments 

In these days of working alongside schools and authorities all over our fair land (and beyond) we are travelling the length and breadth of the country. Never more so than yesterday and today. After a really fun night out down in Devon at the Ottery Tar Barrelling, (a fantastic and somewhat surreal event, similar to the bull running in Pamplona!) we drove 5 1/2 hours (in one go) up to another delightful “village”, the Education Village, Darlington.

The Darlington Education Village is a pioneering project – the likes of which had never been seen before in the UK.

Beaumont Hill Technology College, Springfield Primary School and Haughton Community School were brought together, around three years ago, within the Education Village to create one “learning campus” to develop a unique approach to inclusive schools.

The Education Village caters for 1,400 pupils aged from 2 to 19. Pupils benefit from Beaumont Hill’s specialist Technology status and Haughton’s Arts College status. In addition, Beaumont Hill, as a high performing special school, has recently been awarded a second specialism for vocational education.

So, it was great to be invited to work with staff on developing visual literacy with three classes of children, and to present an after school meeting with colleagues from across the school.

As I said, all of this travelling has started to give us a better sense of geography, visiting regions new to us as well.

In addition to all of the other clever stuff, Sarah does the hard job of driving AND making sure we get there on time!

A big THANK YOU to Alison Sinclair and her colleagues for a very enjoyable day.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Sue Sharpe says:

    Many thanks Tim for an enjoyable day. You have some fantastic ideas! Really creative. I will be using them in my teaching

  2. Alison Sinclair says:

    What a fantastic day! Keen, focused children, interested staff and an entertaiing facilitator. What more could we have asked for? Staff feel enthused with ideas for creativity and visual literacy. Many thanks to both Tim and Sarah.

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