Slow Education Network Project
The Blackburn Slow Education Network Project brings together teachers from six schools within the borough of Blackburn with Darwen over the course of an academic year, to develop teacher-led research and Project-Based Learning across a network of schools interested in supporting each other in creating learning experiences which place depth, understanding and purpose at the heart of education.
The project has come about through the development of a Slow Education Network in the Northwest and across the UK. Slow Education is a growing movement of teachers, schools, academics and other education providers who believe that passion and curiosity should be at the heart of learning experiences. Slow Education advocates deep learning experiences with outcomes that have real purpose and meaning, in the context of a broad curriculum that recognises the talents of all students. Within this the quality of the educational experience and engagement between teacher and learner is understood to be more important than judging student ability by standardised tests. Slow Education provides a supportive network for those who share these principles.
The project detailed below demonstrates how a supportive network inspired by and committed to these principles, can provide a powerful approach to student learning, teacher learning and school development.