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which has introduced a method called
Philosophy4Children in some of the most
deprived schools in the country. Through
this children learn that their ideas - and
the ideas of others - have value. They
realise they don't always have to be right,
but gain the confidence to ask questions.
"We devised our own version of that
philosophy for further education and
rolled it out in 2014. We trained every
member of staff, from managers to support
workers, on how it should be applied."
"Every learner in Central Bedfordshire
College now experiences our Philosophy
of Learning - it doesn't matter how
old they are or which curriculum
area they are studying in," explains
Hadawi. "This includes learning
how to be articulate, being able to be
challenged, accepting different views
and being able to argue a viewpoint in
a civilised and competent manner.
"We started rolling it out in
September 2014. It took over a year
to see the first results but the positive
progression of our students went up
from 72% to 98% that year. It's now
consistently in the mid- to late-90s.
"Many of our learners are recruited
from deprived areas and come to the
college with lower prior attainment
than the national average. But when
they leave, they do brilliantly well.
"This is what energises my colleagues
across the whole college. They know they
are really making a difference and it's
showing. Their hard work and dedication
are producing these results. If it were
my son or daughter, I'd be more than
happy to send them to this college."
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