New Integrated Education qualification for schools

Crossfields Institute is delighted to announce that a new qualification for schools has been launched.

Crossfields Institute Level 2 Integrated Education Extended Diploma

is now open for registrations and interested schools are invited to seek centre approval.

This qualification is for students aged 14 and over and contains sixteen modules, eight of which are mandatory. The qualification delivers a broad curriculum which will be taught and assessed using transdisciplinary work, with a focus on collaborative and individual project work and problem solving.  It includes an Independent Project module that enables students to follow their passion and explore an interest or career aspiration in depth and modules that assess Creative Thinking Skills, and Personal and Social Learning Skills, drawing on formal, non-formal and informal learning and any area of the taught curriculum.

This qualification has been developed to encourage more transdisciplinary work across subjects, increase students’ ability to think laterally and work creatively. As schools are increasingly constrained by knowledge-focused, high stakes exam based qualifications this provides an opportunity for students to think for themselves and develop as more autonomous learners. This approach is in direct response to the needs of employers who want more creative thinking in their future employees.

This qualification was developed as a result of the ACTS project (https://acts.cloud/) which was recognised and funded by Erasmus+ (Key Action 2, School Education Strategic Partnership Project 2015). The project was led by the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship (UK) in partnership with Sammenslutningen af frie Rudolf Steiner skoler i Danmark (Denmark); Steinerskoleforbundet (Norway); Steinerkasvatuksen liitto (Finland) and Crossfields Institute. Together, the four national federations of Steiner Waldorf Schools brought a wealth of curriculum and pedagogical expertise to the project and development of this qualification.

Crossfields Institute is a Gloucestershire based education charity, approved by Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations in England) as an awarding organisation. The Institute specialises in the development of qualifications that take an integrative, human-centred approach to learning and development.

Any schools who are interested in finding out more about offering this qualification should contact qualityassurance@crossfieldsinstitute.com

Animal Nature: Understanding the Nature of Animals

Join us for this workshop in which we will seek a deeper understanding of ‘animal nature’. Drawing on insights from a range of disciplines (science, art, agriculture and ecopsychology) we will delve into the many ways in which our lives interface with those of the animals around us.


Saturday February 23th 2019
9 AM- 7 PM
The Museum in the Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire

Full attendance: £65 (light lunch included)


Morning Sessions

Animals Underground – Dr Liz Hamilton
Environmental Sciences: University of Gloucester

Seeing the Animal Whole – Ed Berger
Biodynamic Land Manager: Ruskin Mill Trust


Afternoon Sessions

Encountering Animal – Roger Duncan
Systemic Family Therapist

Animal Ethics: Perspectives – Dr Isis Brook
Research Fellow Crossfields Institute International

Animals & Transformation – Jonathan Code
Director and Researcher Crossfields Institute International


To book the course by phone 01453 808118
or email jane.tyler@crossfieldsinstitute.com

New Integrated Education qualifications for schools

Crossfields Institute is delighted to announce that two new qualifications for schools have been launched.

Crossfields Institute Level 2 Integrated Education Certificate
Crossfields Institute Level 3 Integrated Education Certificate

are now open for registrations and interested schools are invited to seek centre approval.

These qualifications are for students age 14+ (Level 2) and age 16+ (Level 3) and contain two modules. An Independent Project enables students to follow their passion and explore an interest or career aspiration in depth whilst developing the ability to self-direct and coordinate their own learning. Creative Thinking Skills develop the skills of making connections and using different perspectives to communicate ideas or concepts. Students will also develop skills of reflection and making reasoned judgments. The Creative Thinking Skills module draws on formal, non-formal and informal learning and any area of the taught curriculum.

These qualifications were developed as a result of the ACTS project (https://acts.cloud/) which was recognised and funded by Erasmus+ (Key Action 2, School Education Strategic Partnership Project 2015). The project was led by the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship (UK) in partnership with Sammenslutningen af frie Rudolf Steiner skoler i Danmark (Denmark); Steinerskoleforbundet (Norway); Steinerkasvatuksen liitto (Finland) and Crossfields Institute. Together, the four national federations of Steiner Waldorf Schools brought a wealth of curriculum and pedagogical expertise to the project and development of this qualification.

Crossfields Institute is a Gloucestershire based education charity, approved by Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations in England) as an awarding organisation. The Institute specialises in the development of qualifications that take an integrative, human-centred approach to learning and development.

Any schools who are interested in finding out more about offering these qualifications should contact qualityassurance@crossfieldsinstitute.com

Biodynamic Agriculture Training Week at Emerson College

Crossfields Institute International provided a training week for lecturers from Bulgaria in how to teach biodynamic agriculture and manage university level education. The training was held at Emerson College allowing us to visit two well established biodynamic farms and call on the expertise of experienced farmers to help Crossfields’ staff deliver the training. The lively students, the wealth of resources in the area and the fine, though windy, weather made for a rich and rewarding week.

New publication from Isis Brook

Isis has a new publication out in the highly ranked international journal Environmental Values. It is about the tension between retaining culturally rich traditional farming landscapes or re-wilding to increase self-sustaining biological diversity and space for unrestrained nature. The full details are:
Brook, I. 2018 ‘Restoring or Re-storying the Lake District: applying responsive cohesion to a current problem situation’ in Environmental Values Vol. 27:4, pp. 427-447.

Job Vacancy: Academic Administrator

Applications are invited for the following role:

Academic Administrator

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic Awarding Organisation in Stroud. Part of Crossfields Institute, the Awarding Organisation is looking for an academic administrator to manage the registration and certification of students as well as our online platform. An eye for detail, IT skills and a high degree of organisation and initiative are essential.

Location: Crossfields Institute office in Stroud
Hours: Part time (16 hours per week)
Duration: Permanent (after probation period)
Salary range: £25,000 to £27,500 (pro-rata) depending on experience

Crossfields Institute has a progressive and innovative approach to education and training, working with a number of diverse centres to develop, deliver and award integrative qualifications in a range of sectors.

Closing date: 27th September 2018 12.00noon

Interview dates: 3rd or 4th October 2018

Please return the application form to info@crossfieldsinstitute.com strictly by the closing date above. If you require more information, please contact Alison Richards at alison@crossfieldsinstitute.com or by calling 01453 808118

Launch of a new self-regulated qualification in Equine Facilitated Psychotraumatology

We are proud to announce the launch of a new customised qualification: the Crossfields Institute Level 6 Diploma in the IFEEL Method of Equine Facilitated Psychotraumatology (SRQ). It is designed for those wishing to professionally engage with equine facilitated sessions in an individual and group context in human development and psychotraumatology. This programme is delivered by IFEAL Qualifications and awarded by Crossfields Institute.

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New regulated qualification in therapeutic work with children and young people

Crossfields Institute and The Mulberry Bush are delighted to announce the launch of a new Ofqual regulated qualification.

Crossfields Institute Level 3 Certificate in Therapeutic Group Work with
Children and Young People
is now open for registrations.

Individuals working across the childcare sector, whether in education, health or social care, often have to organise, lead and manage group activities and sessions with children and young people. In order to do this, they will need to develop skills which allow them to run group sessions in an
empathetic and therapeutic way to enable the group sessions to run effectively.

This qualification enables individuals to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to run therapeutic group sessions with children and young people in an effective way.

The Mulberry Bush is a not-for-profit charity consisting of The Mulberry Bush School, a non-maintained residential special school with a three-year programme which runs for 38-weeks a year, working with vulnerable and severely traumatised primary aged children and their families from across England and Wales, The Mulberry Bush Outreach, our outreach and training department, our Research and Development department and The International Centre for Therapeutic Care.

Crossfields Institute is a Gloucestershire based education charity, approved by Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations in England) as an awarding organisation. The Institute specialises in the development niche qualifications for providers with a particular vision or
ethos

  • Any learners who are interested in finding out more about this qualification should contact
    Kathy Smith, Outreach Administrator, 01865 594700 ext 26
  • Any organisations wishing to deliver this qualification should contact the Crossfields
    Institute Responsible Officer alison@crossfieldsinstitute.com 01453808118

The Poetics of Leadership conference eflyer

Dear All,

Please find attached the eflyer for our next conference, which will take place in Cumbria, UK, in September 2018. Registration, accommodation and programme details can all be found here.
Basic details about the conference are on the flyer below.

It promises to be an excellent and timely event for anyone interested in the role of leadership in these challenging times. I hope you can make it. Do please circulate to anyone else who you think might be interested.

Best,
Fergus

(On behalf of the conference organisers)