Rob Bowden collaborated with Dr Paul Warwick from the Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Plymouth to facilitate a Sustainable Universities Summit in London. The first event of its kind, it was aimed at students and staff with each university sending 7 team members to take part in 2 days of participatory workshops.
Rob Bowden delivered a lecture to final year B.Ed. students at Sheffield Hallam university on values and learning, extending our dissemination of Learning Through Values into the university and initial teacher education (ITE) sector.
Rob Bowden spent a further two weeks in Shanghai training senior leaders and whole-school dtaff in Learning Through Values. This is the thrid such training trip and further consolidates our work on values in China with more trips and engagements planned for 2017.
Rosie Wilson delivered her first 2-day P4C Foundation Level 1 course in the UK for a group of teachers in Leicestershire. Having qualified as a SAPERE trainer earlier in 2015, but then been off from Lifeworlds due to maternity leave, this was a key event for Rosie and for our ongoing support for P4C training in the UK and China.
Rob Bowden ran a highly successful transition project working with 2 primary and one secondary school in Leicestershire to create a Build-a-Book exploring the Sustainable Development Goals. The project included pupil workshops to explore the goals as well as technical support to help the learners create their own book about their chosen goals. The finished book was then printed to be shared in school.
Lifeworlds complete a publishing project with Peacemakers to provide editorial consultancy, design production and publishing for "Learning for Peace: a guide to developing outstanding SMSC in primary schools". Alongside the publication we also provided a micro-site to support the publication with downloadable resources and activties for teachers. The publication can be found via our Resources pages.
Our P4C practitioner Rosie Wilson is selected as part of a national team on a research project looking at the effectiveness of P4C in primary schools. Rosie will be working with two schools over two years to provide in-depth P4C training at a whole school level. The research is funded by the Education Endowment Fund.
Learning resources to support 'The Bone Sparrow' by Zana Fraillon are published in partnership with the National Literacy Trust and Hachette. They focus on exploring issues around refugees and immigration and are targeted at KS3 learners in the UK.
If you've not heard of us before and are curious about where we have come from and how we have evolved then the following shares some key highlights from our journey so far.
It is organised as a timeline with the most recent entries at the top of the page. Scroll down to explore earlier moments.
Rob Bowden became a Visiting Research Fellow at Northumbria University where he will work with departments and academics to develop bridges between academic thinking around development and global learning and everyday practice in schools. He will also be developing a new PG Cert based on the Learning Through Values pedagogy.
Lifeworlds renews its partnership (from 2014 see below) with Send a Cow to continue the delivery of African Gardent Day workshops over the school year 2015-16.
Lifeworlds is commissioned by Northfield Eco Centre in Birmingham to devise and develop a pupil workshop, "Green Generations: Shaping the Future" exploring sustainability and lifestyles with a science dimension. In addiiton to creating the learning pathway and materials we also trained the Northfield staff in delivery of the workshop and provided support to market the opportunity to schools.
We are delighted to welcome Jan Hedge into our team as an associate practitioner. Jan is based in Sheffield and is an experienced former primary teacher who specialises in literacy, maths and philosophy for children. Jan is also a children's author having written the book Tommy which was published by Lifeworlds Learning in January 2015.
Lifeworlds were commisisoned by British Red Cross working with Counterpoint Arts to produce materials in support of Refugee Week for schools and educators. The theme was on the positive contribution of refugees to British culture and we used an arts based approach to explore this for learners. The resources can be found here.
Rob Bowden was asked by the Institute of Education, on behalf of the Global Learning Programme-England to write a response to the introduction of schools' duty to promote Fundamental British Values. The position paper can be downloaded here, though readers should note that this was an edited version with some content removed at the request of GLP-England.
Rob Bowden and Rosie Wilson spent 10 days in Shanghai providing training in P4C and Learning Through Values as well as attending and making keynote and workshop contributions to an International Conference on 'Developing 21st Century Global Education'.
Our work, specifically around Learning Through Values as an effective pedagogy for global learning, was featured as one of the practice case studies in a new book 'Global Learning and Education: key concepts and effective practice' by Andrew Peterson and Paul Warwick (Routledge 2015).
Lifeworlds completed the design and advisory work on a major international publication "Learning Together: Developing Global Schools in China- East meets West". Lifeworlds are also the UK publisher of the book working with their partners in Shanghai.
Lifeworlds are commissioned by Send-a-Cow as a delivery partner for their African Garden Day workshops for schools with a brief to deliver 20 workshops in the Midlands region over the school year 2014-15. Lifeworlds continue to offer the African Garden Day workshops under a license agreement with Send a Cow.
Lifeworlds are commissioned by Oxfam Education to produce a workshop for delivery by Oxfam staff, exploring how schools can learn with and from international non-governmental organisations. The workshop involved collaborating with a number of INGOs in order to gather materials and engage in the learning. It also invloved holding training sessions for delivery partners. The materials developed for this workshop were later made available for schools to access and self-deliver via the Global Learning Programme- England. You can access these via this page.
Leading Through Values is published and launched at a number of national dissemination events. Sharing the findings of a national pilot project the report is well received and leads to the launch of our Learning Through Values programme.
Lifeworlds runs its second community conference "Co-operating through values, learning for change" in partnership with Cooperative Learning and Development Associates (CLADA) at Nottingham Trent University. The event is attended by NGOs, academics, teachers, headteachers and a range of freelance educators and leads to a number of new initiatives and partnerships.
Primary Geography magazine from the Geographical Association (GA) features our Time 2 Think methodology within its special issue 'Focus on Talk' for Summer 2012.
Lifeworlds are invited to exhibit and run a workshop on Fairtrade at the Stoke-on-Trent Sustainable Schools Showcase.
Lifeworlds is commissioned to run a national pilot project called Leading Through Values working with a consortium of organisations (Ozfam, British Red Cross, Think Global, Practical Action, National Children's Bureau) with an interest in placing values at the centre of learning. The project led to two significant reports published by Lifeworlds - Building a Case for Change (2012) and Leading Through Values - Final Project Report (2013). It also initiated the development of a new pedagogical framework and programme which has since become Learning Through Values and has gone on to be offered throughout the UK and internationally.
Lifeworlds are invited to exhibit and run a workshop at the Sustainable Schools Showcase 2012 in Lincolnshire. the event is attended mainly by teachers and pupils with an interest in developing the sustainability of their schools.
Lifeworlds completes the writing, design and publication of a guide to the restoration of Ilam Cross in the village of Ilam, Derbyshire. We were commissioned by the Ilam Cross Trust to undertake this work as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund restoration project for the cross and to share its story. A copy of the guide can be viewed on our resources pages.
Lifeworlds is contracted to support the education team in the Peak District National Park to undergo a strategic and structural review. Our role included creating a sense of team co-operation and purpose and bringing to the fore the strengths of the individuals within the team as well as identifying opportunites for growth, development and new models of partnership. Our relationship with the new Learning and Discovery team has continued since and included engaging them in our Learning Through Values pedagogy.
Lifeworlds are featured for their work with learning communities in a special issue of the Journal of Co-operative Studies focussing on Co-operation in Education.
Rob Bowden is completes a commission with UNESCO and UNEP to create a design concept and co-author and design the first in a series of guidebooks for the YouthXchange programme of the joint agencies. The first guide on Climate Change and Lifestyles is available to view on our Resources pages.
Lifeworlds are commissioned by the Humanitarian Education team at British Red Cross to take the entire UK national team through a process of defining and clarifying what Humanitarian Education is, what the outcomes of its work should be, and how its offer to schools and youth settings needs refining in the light of this new understanding. This process continued until 2013.
Rob Bowden from Lifeworlds was asked by the Consortium of Development Education Centres (CoDEC) and Think Global to offer advice about building a sustainable business case for the future. This was in the context of declining government support for the global learning sector which had until that point been the main source of funding for the majority of DECs.
Lifeworlds wins a national tender to support the National Literacy Trust in setting up a new network for literacy consultants in England. The commission includes establishing the needs of consultants and developing a business model for the NLT to establish and operate the network ongoing. We worked closely with NLT staff and web-development teams to create the intergrated support network for them.
Lifeworlds Learning is formally registered as a Community Interest Company with a stated commitment to 'support learning communities in England'