EKSS August Newsletter
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Dear Friends of EKSS,

The new term has just begun, and excited staff and students are launching into the new year with plenty of new ideas and fresh enthusiasm.

While we have had a fantastic summer break, many of our students tell us that they couldn't wait for the new term to start and the look of joy as they walked through the door on their first day certainly attested to that!

We have plenty of proposals on the agenda for today's first school meeting of the academic year, and we are looking forward to discussing the formation of new clubs, committees and social events for the coming term.

We look forward to seeing what 2019-20 will bring!

East Kent Sudbury School


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A Weekend at the Freedom to Learn Forum

Staff and student families were delighted to be able to attend this year's Freedom to Learn Forum at Braziers Park in Oxfordshire.

"This year's Freedom to Learn Forum didn't disappoint.  Not only did it bring together educators and parents so that we could cross pollinate passion and ideas but it provided the perfect setting for new friendships and creativity.  We were treated to poetry, plays and music from fellow attendees.  The highlight of the weekend for me was the performance on the last day created at the songwriting workshop which was an ode to the joys of life and childhood "I hang upside down on bars and trees, I hang upside down on one leg" and on a more serious note to children's human rights "I'm a person, I'm a person, I belong on this earth" - poetry to music!"
Staff member Kezia Cantwell-Wright

Needless to say, we will be looking forward to the 2020 one!


What We're Reading

A highly enjoyable and accessible read, Drive, by Daniel H. Pink, charts the evolution of research and thinking about human motivation. Pink shows how our current thinking about the carrots and sticks of external motivation is outdated and damaging and why autonomy is essential not just to success in business and education but also for happiness and fulfillment.

“Control leads to compliance; autonomy leads to engagement.”   

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In Beyond Coercive Education, Peter Hartkamp examines the history of our current educational system and debunks 11 popular myths about education, such as "Bullying is Inevitable", "More education is better" and "Testing results in better education". He invites us to reimagine schools if the articles of the UN Convention on the RIghts of the Child were taken more seriously.

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