We are committed to opening the first Lumiar School in the UK by September 2018 and have started a Pilot Project in September 2017 for children aged 5-11 years old. Overseen by a Board of experienced educators and business people we are now in the process of finding volunteers to help us develop the next phase of this exciting new project.
We believe that children have an innate wisdom and curiosity and when given the freedom to follow their passions playfully they develop a strong sense of self and a lifelong love of learning. Children learn best in a small-scale, happy, loving community where their voices are heard and where they have opportunities to explore themselves, think big, take responsibility, solve problems, take risks, make mistakes and persevere.
The Lumiar Approach
Devised and created by the entrepreneur Ricardo Semler, the first Lumiar School was established in São Paulo, Brazil in 2003. There are now nine schools in Brazil and eight more ‘Prospect’ schools globally. In a survey jointly conducted by Unesco, Stanford University and Microsoft, Lumiar was chosen as one of the 12 most Innovative Schools in the World.
Lumiar combines disruptive approaches to education with tried and tested methods such as project based learning to deliver a high quality, inspiring and fun education. Pupils learn a broad range of competencies helping them become independent, life-long learners that are adaptable, collaborative, able to solve problems and innovate. Based on the notion that learning for knowledge is no longer relevant in a society where the internet allows us to find information almost instantaneously, the focus is instead on applied learning through projects and modules.
The main elements of the Lumiar Model include:
1. Participatory management
Lumiar is a democratic school that involves children in decision-making about key issues that impact them – from setting rules and agreements on behavior through to deciding what they would like to learn.
2. Multi-age learning
At Lumiar, learners are divided into three cycles:
- 6-8 year olds who are supported to acquire basic competencies like learning to read and write
- 9-11 year olds, already reasonably familiar with key competencies and are gradually acquiring new knowledge and autonomy in their learning
- 12-14 year olds who have completed basic education and have gained autonomy to manage their own projects.
3. Tutors and Masters
The role of the educators is divided into two parts:
- Tutors are with the children every day and provide social and emotional support to the children and help them to direct their learning, ensuring that they are meeting the age appropriate competencies
- Masters are passionate about their areas of expertise and are invited to come in to deliver specialist content through project based learning
4. Project Based, Non-Linear (Mosaic) Curriculum
The curriculum at Lumiar is radically innovative. It is non-linear and highly dynamic. First, it is divided in two dimensions, Competencies and Contents. Second, it is activated in projects that stem from students’ interests and needs, which are identified by tutors and by the algorithms in the Digital Mosaic platform.
New projects are offered and assessed every 2 months, and children can choose to focus on their area of interest. For each project a list of the competencies to develop in the process of tackling the issues are outlined by the tutors and measured and documented in the Digital Mosaic.
5. Digital Mosaic
The Digital Mosaic is a sophisticated online tool that allows tutors and children to assess progress and identify areas of the curriculum where greater attention is needed. Continuous assessment using the Digital Mosaic removes bias, saves time and helps support learning at an individual level, whilst enabling educators to take a more flexible, creative and non-linear approach to delivering learning objectives.
Using this tool, children build their own learning, undertake self-assessment, and can take the subject/project to a different level of understanding if they choose to.
The Lumiar Pilot Project
Our project is located at Stowford Manor Farm, and runs three days a week, Monday to Wednesday. We have strong focus on outdoor learning, and much time is spent outside.
To find out more about Lumiar Schools, please visit: http://lumiar.co/, and watch the founder, Ricardo Semler’s TED talk. https://www.ted.com/talks/ricardo_semler_how_to_run_a_company_with_almost_no_rules
We are looking for volunteers that
- Feel passionate about transforming education.
- Have experience in working with children.
- Enjoy supporting our Lead Tutor in the everyday running of the classroom.
- Support individual pupils who are in need of additional help.
- Help preparing the space, workshops and projects as well as skill modules.
- Enjoy the outdoors.
- Can commit to regular a weekly slot. At least one half day a week.
- Have an up to date DBS check
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