Welcome to Jamie, Vivienne, Kate and Seonaid from Phoenix Education Trust.
WHAT IS YOUR VENTURE?
We are a small national charity that promotes a more democratic and collaborative ethos in schools. We run training that empowers teachers and students alike, as well as running events or research that relates to democratic education.
WHY WAS IT SET UP?
It was set up in 2001 by Lord Michael Young of Dartington - a politician who set up Which? and The Open University - to promote the values of democratic education that had such an important impact on his life. Launched at the same time as 'Student Voice UK', it was launched with a mind to enhance the voice of students by building mutual respect in schools and advocating self-directed learning.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST THING YOU HAVE LEARNT ALONG THE WAY?
We're a fairly new team after quite a lot of recent turnover, so we're learning quite a lot at the moment!
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO TAKE YOUR VENTURE NEXT?
We're currently looking at two central initiatives: rolling out or 'Questions for Change' analytic tool for school that measures collaboration and launching programmes in both the primary sector and FE sector which are newer terrains to us.
HOW CAN PEOPLE GET INVOLVED?
Given the nature of the charity, we're always looking to collaborate with people who share similar aims or objectives so if anyone has an idea, let us know. We're always interested in new content for our digital outputs, so if you have anything interesting to say about an alternative education system we'd love to publish it!
WHY DID YOU JOIN EDSPACE?
We thought EdSpace would be a great opportunity to work alongside like-minded organisations and give us a daily dose of inspiration on what new things we can be doing.
WHAT CAN YOU TEACH? (ANYTHING YOU ARE SKILLED AT OR PASSIONATE ABOUT)
We tend to run programmes that improve communication skills, campaigning skills and training trainers. We also help building student councils and can advise on how to make schools more collaborative.