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In the News is now captured on the Personalised Education Now Blog and Ezine. It includes broad educational news, comment and links from around the world that will be of interest to members, affilliates and supporters. It replaces the monthly E-briefing attachments which began in January 2006. These are archived below. The Blog / Ezine link button is found to the left of this page. You can subscribe to the ezine which will forward the latest blog entries to your desktop on a regular basis. The blog has some useful features as it includes a range of categories that will enable you to search through items like listings for: Conferences and Courses Books and Book Reviews Journals Magazines Links Films and Animations


PEN has produced ‘How Others See Us’ looking at how schooling might be viewed from an alien’s point of view. Although this is our first move into this kind of media it has been very well received. The animation powerfully challenges the current schooling model. You can view it here How Others See Us

The idea is to get this viewed by as many people as possible. Please help us by circulating the link widely.


Monday 25th June 2007

Personalised learning has the potential to transform our systems of learning. It challenges the shallow version of learning promoted within the present education system and proposes a new approach where learners themselves make both rational and intuitive choices about their learning. ‘Taking choice seriously’ is the key driver in this task. The prize is a cohesive, sustainable and productive society with active and democratically competent citizens.

The joint one-day open conference at Staffordshire University, Stoke-On-Trent explored choice in a personalised learning system. It was a very well supported and successful event. The main conference report written by Philip Toogood is available here and in the PEN Journal 7 Autumn-Winter 2007/8. PEN_Conference_Report_June 2007(PDF)

Another outcome of the conference is a book published by Educational Heretics Press: Personalised Learning: Taking Choice Seriously edited by Mark Webster

Contributors include

- Leslie Barson from 'The Otherwise Club, a home-based education invitational learning community',

- Professor Ian Cunningham from the Centre for Self-Managed Learning,

- Terri Dowty, from Action on Rights for Children,

- Peter Humphreys from the Centre for Personalised Education Trust,

- Tony Jeffs of Durham University,

- Dr. Roland Meighan, former Special Professor of Education at Nottingham University, a specialist on learning systems,

- Dr Tim Rudd from Futurelab,

- Mark Webster, from Staffordshire University’s Creative Communities Unit,

- Alan Wilkins consultant on Co-operative Learning, and Jackie Rose with members of The Bridge International Youth Project.

ISBN 978-1-900219-36-5 Price £12-50 Available in April 2008


PEN E-Briefing 21 December 2007 (PDF)

PEN E-Briefing 20 November 2007 (PDF)

PEN E-Briefing 19 October 2007 (PDF)

PEN E-Briefing 18 September 2007 (PDF)

PEN E-Briefing 17 August 2007 (PDF)

PEN E-Briefing 16 July 2007 (PDF)

PEN E-Briefing 15 June 2007 (PDF)

PEN E-Briefing 14 May 2007 (PDF)

PEN E-Briefing 13 Mar-Apr 2007 (DOC)

PEN E-Briefing 12 February 2007 (PDF)

PEN E-Briefing 11 Dec-Jan 2007 (PDF)

PEN E-Briefing 10 November 2006 (PDF)

PEN E-Briefing 9 October 2006 (PDF)

PEN E-Briefing 8 September 2006 (PDF)

PEN E-Briefing 7 August 2006 (PDF)

PEN E-Briefing 6 July 2006 (PDF)

PEN E-Briefing 5 May 2006 (PDF)

PEN E-Briefing 4 April 2006 (PDF)

PEN E-Briefing 3 March 2006 (PDF)

PEN E-Briefing 2 February 2006 (PDF)

PEN E-Briefing 1 January 2006 (PDF)


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