The Studio School is delighted to be invited to take part in a European transnational project, called EDiT, which seeks to re-engage disengaged students in their learning. Schools in Poland, Hungary and Bulgaria are involved, alongside the UK.
The initial meeting was held in Liverpool, where the Studio team met teachers and NGOs from the other countries and established the constructs of the project.
As a result, Lisa and Gary travelled to Warsaw in September to attend the first EDiT training session, which looked at Philosophy for Children. This approach to learning and teaching enhances children’s thinking and communication skills, boosts their self-esteem, and improves their academic attainment. Philosophical questions are open to examination, further questioning and enquiry.
Lisa and Gary enjoyed sharing best practice with colleagues from Eastern Europe. They said: “Despite coming from differing professional cultures, we were able to come together and think outside the box to solve problems familiar to us all. Shared experiences and differing pedagogical approaches are important in making sure The Studio school stays one step ahead of the game!”
The three-day training sessions and cultural exchange inspired the pair to bring home lots of ideas to share with staff, to support Studio students’ learning. Their plan now is to introduce Philosophy for Children across the curriculum.
A second training weekend is taking place in Budapest in February – we’ll keep you updated…