Maple Cross Philosophy and Education Symposium – Exploring Possibility…

Maple Cross JMI and Nursery School is a leading school in educational research and development – I wonder if you knew that?

Following the principle that Everyone is a Learner we have all been working hard to learn to be the most effective we can be and this means learning with and from others. On Friday we welcomed a range of educational academics and practitioners to share their expertise and learn from the expertise of others.

Professor Angie Hobbs

Professor Angie Hobbs: Professor of the Public Understanding of

Philosophy at the University of Sheffield.

Dr Cathy Gower

Dr. Cathy Gower: Cathy is Head of the Department of Education, Brunel


Duncan Roberts

Duncan Roberts: Headteacher of Maple Cross JMI and Nursery School.

Part time PhD in Possibility in the classroom

Dr Gwen Ineson

Dr Gwen Inseon: Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, Brunel University

Professor Jan Derry

Professor Jan Derry: Professor of the Philosophy of Education

Professor Judith Suissa

Professor Judith Suissa: Professor of Philosophy of Education, IOE, UCL

Sunita Babbar

Sunita Babbar, Director of ITE, Brunel University

Alexis Shea

Alexis Roberts, Head of Psychology, Westonbirt School. Leader in Project

Based Learning


One of the aims of the symposium (From the Ancient Greek: a conference or meeting to discuss a particular subject.) was to identify our common values from our range of disciplines…

Community, Collegiality, Care, Democracy as a way of life, Learning as a continual process, Learning as a Community, The acceptance of risk as a part of the educational experience.

We also discussed the power of a learning community to impact on the world as well as the power of the world to impact on a learning community. We will take some time to reflect on all the incredibly rich ideas we discussed and debated and we all plan to hold a second discussion next year to see what impact our first meeting has had…watch this space!

2 thoughts on “Maple Cross Philosophy and Education Symposium – Exploring Possibility…

  1. The symposium was certainly a good learning experience for all and opportunity to extend my learning community. I especially enjoyed seeing the working displays around classrooms and listening to the pupils discussing their own learning processes; a favourite quote from the day came from a boy on his second draft of a story about space: ‘mistakes are a good thing because they mean we’re learning’!

    1. Thank you for including me in this symposium. As ever it was inspiring to hear about the commitment of staff at Maple Cross to supporting and developing well-rounded learners! As a maths enthusiast, I am particularly drawn to focusing on this subject on any school visit and I have been consistently impressed by the approach you have to teaching maths. Comments from children about the benefits of making mistakes (see above), and perhaps not being able to do something ‘yet’, all indicate a belief that maths is something that all children can enjoy!

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