Rich Learning Opportunities
experience: what matters to children
First hand experience:
Tim Smit is Chief Executive and co-founder of the Eden Project. He is
also a director of the Lost Gardens of Heligan and trustee, patron and board
member of a number of statutory and voluntary bodies both locally and
nationally. He has received a variety of national awards including The Royal
Society of Arts Albert Medal. In 2002 he was awarded an Honorary CBE and he
has received honorary doctorates and fellowships from a number of
universities. Tim has appeared on television and radio such as ‘This is Your
Life’ ‘Desert Island Discs’ and recent BBC documentaries about Eden. Tim is
the author of books about both Heligan and Eden and he has contributed to
publications on a wide variety of subjects.
Mary Jane Drummond is a member of the
Charles Desforges taught school science from 1973-1983. Since then
he has been a university researcher focusing on classroom learning. He is
now an emeritus professor at the University of Exeter. Professor Desforges
serves on the National Education Research Forum (NERF) which is working to
shape national strategy for educational research. He is also a research
adviser to various government bodies here and overseas. Other current work
involves supporting the professional development of head teachers and
promoting teacher research on lesson development. Professor Desforges was
awarded an OBE in 2004 for services to education.
Peter Dixon is an author and poet who writes for parents, teachers and
all those concerned about early years education. Peter has worked as a
teacher and before becoming a full time writer he was a senior lecturer in
education. He is a much sought after conference and after dinner speaker. He
offers evenings of poetry, music and relevant irreverence.
First hand experience:
Cathy Myer is a member of the
Denise Casanova is a member of the
Diane Rich runs Rich Learning Opportunities and co-ordinates the
Emma Hertzberg is a member of the
Sam Kendall is an Education Development Officer at the Eden Project.
has eighteen years experience in primary education as a teacher, researcher
and author. She has developed award winning curriculum projects in literacy,
technology and science. She has designed and led science workshops in schools
across Hertfordshire. Jane is now Deputy Director at the Science Learning
Centre for the East of England, planning and implementing an innovative
programme of training for all science educators.
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