The Lifeworlds team take great pride in meeting the needs of those they work with, but of course the best judge of whether or not we suceed in that are the end users - the teachers, pupils, leaders and organisations that we work or partner with. We are always grateful when partners or end users share what they think with us. Here is a selection of comments from across our activities.

"Excellent range of books and activities"

"good ideas to use with children with 'individual issues' as well as a whole class"

"Just loads of great ideas!" "Well delivered"

"Exploring books in detail and from a different perspective - 'eye-opening!'"

Reading Our World (day course)

"What a fantastic day. From start to finish organisation was fantastic. Such clear instructions and back up resources provided. Delivered in a child-friendly way. The children were so eager to have a go and as well as the skills of being an author, the children worked co-operatively. Loved it!!"

"The children enjoyed working co-operatively and having ownership of the design/layout. They were really proud and enthusiastic to do more. I can't think of anything to improve it."

"A full action packed day with the children all excited about taking on the roles of producing a book"

"Children were very enthusiastic, positive comments made by children and staff throughout the day. Having leaders and assinging roles was fantastic! Good opportunity for team building skills"

"Build a Book - a fantastic idea to engage children in reading."

Build-a-Book (pupil challenge day)

"Thank you for a super presentation - full of good examples of resources and super, practical ideas"

"Very thought provoking. Brilliant taster session about quality narrative to make you think. Good teaching ideas also for non-fiction. Thanks."

Teaching Reading (teacher workshop)

"Thank you so much for all you and Rosie did to make the Kerala trip so productive and enjoyable. Both of you demonstrated a high level of management/ leadership skills by enabling and supporting our learning process effectively without dominating or defining it for us."

Sheila Tucker, Global Thinking

What is learning for? (study visit)

"It was such a positive and productive experience working with you. You are a hit with the team - that's a real testament to your skill and the genuine regard you show for those you work with."

Gill Allbutt, Humanitarian Education Development Officer

British Red Cross (strategic review)

"Just to say a huge thank you for all your hard work. From my perspective I'm delighted that you have been the ones to be driving and shaping the network and I hope we can live up to ethos, principles and professionalism that have marked the work in your capable hands."

Judy Clark, Network Manager, National Literacy Trust

National Literacy Trust (network dev't)

"Well done for your fabulous chairing of a robust group yesterday! Not easy to have that amazing concentration of strong characters, with no-one backward in coming forward with what they think! I'm completely satisifed with yesterday's meeting."

Global Learning for Community Cohesion (GLCC) Project Manager

GLCC Meeting (chairing & facilitation)

"Excellent activities, engagement, and enjoyment has supported students' learning. I developed better relationships with other staff/departments and students, plus deeper knowledge of activities and sustainability."

Head of Geography, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Ashbourne

Yr 7/8 Suspended Timetable Days

"I've suggested to the BEd Programme Leader, the Asst Head of School of Education and other final year tutors that we explore other opportunities to 'use' you in our programmes as I firmly believe in the importance of your input, and know from first hand how engaging you make the material."

Claire Scott, Senior Lecturer, Initial Teacher Education, University of Derby

ITE Seminar (professional development)

"Ahead of the curve. Finger on pulse. Sensitive. Fun. Responsible. Thoughtful. Clear."

Lucy Neal OBE, Co Chair Transition Town Tooting and initiator of Taking Up Space Cultural Leadership Programme

Taking Up Space (project facilitation)

"Great ideas from resources a school would have, even a piece of wood!"

"Nice ideas on how to get children thinking - great activities/ interactive resources"

"Some great simple ideas that would easily address what appear complex issues" Child led investigations

"Rob Bowden very inspiring again!"

"Brilliant ideas for lessons, school improvement plan and ideas for children."

"Useable lesson ideas. Inspired new ideas. Really useful to me how it can be delivered in different ways to the children."

Eco Schools (teacher workshop)

"We've had some great feedback from the staff and children, so thank you once again for your time and the work that you have done- the children were buzzing about it and have got so much from the week as a whole, and they really enjoyed your input."

Extended Services Manager at St. Mary's Catholic Primary School, Stoke-on-Trent

Community Cohesion Day

"The children were kept on task all morning. They worked in teams and individually. All were challenged and enjoyed the experience. Thank you for a fun and educational morning."

"The variety of the activities meant the children weren’t sitting for long periods of time listening and the resources provided good visual information to enhance learning."

"The needs of the learners were all met and I love her very kinaesthetic approach with the world map – very hands on. It was easily broken down for children to understand such a difficult and political issue. Children were not ‘preached’ to and were left to make their own choices/decision."

"Excellent workshop - kinesthetic introduction to World Trade/Global issues. Understandable and memorable for the pupils. Good geographical awareness."

"Experienced staff – built upon and took regard of the children’s reactions. Very supportive/inclusive."

A Fairtrade World (pupil workshops)

"The teaching staff were very impressed by the content of the day and the professionalism of Rob and his colleagues. The children were really engaged and a display made from the mosaic pieces the children created ensured that Morocco Day was a talking point long after the day itself."

"It increased their awareness of the world around them and other cultures in a realistic and inspiring way."

"The workshop provided the children with the chance to access resources which are not readily available in school. Also the delivery encouraged the children to stop and think about things they may take for granted."

"The sessions were different enough from each other to make each one a challenge. The pace of delivery was appropriate and the content interesting, particularly the mosaic session."

"It was a super day and the pupils all took learning from the day. You can't really ask for more than that."

Window on the World (pupil workshops)

"Great read and a really good range of high impact quotations and references which support your very clear structure. Well done - great piece of work."

Dr Nigel Rayment, Magnified Learning and Think Global Advisory Board

"A really thorough exploration of why values education is important, and how it benefits the learning of children and young people. The reasoning behind not specifying a values agenda or curriculum, and allowing the school community (or indeed any group) to arrive on their own agreed values is powerfully explained."

Sally Hunt, Head teacher, Snarestone Primary School

"I would argue the important contribution this paper and the LTV project makes to the field is to begin to articulate a narrative that is far more positive and hopeful. Without ignoring the dilemmas, uncertainties and contradictions people face within this globalised age - this paper invites us to critically consider vibrant and energising ways forwards based upon notions of planetary well being and human flourishing. And this in turn supports our consideration of a pedagogy that moves away from transmissive or prescriptive approaches to values education and towards more participatory and dialogic approaches that support both educators and students in critical and creative engagement."

Dr Paul Warwick, Director MA International Education, School of Education, University of Leicester

I enjoyed reading this – it is thought provoking, informative and challenging. Whilst the subject material and many of the sentiments are not for the most part unfamiliar to me, the pulling together of approaches, ideas and evidence as well as dilemmas and possibilities in an ordered and lyrical way is useful both for my own thinking and as a resource to pass on to others

Sheila Tucker, Global Thinking

The case for values (research paper)

"The wide-ranging exploration you have conducted in the pilot phase reflects the careful consideration you have given to the many areas of learning and pedagogy that underline values education, and consequently begins to build a positive and holistic framework for future possibilities.  It seems eminently important to re-configure the place of values in the hierarchy of educational fields and your project findings illustrate how this can be achieved to produce a more responsive, reflexive and engaging learning environment as a catalyst for higher attainment and school improvement. This is a crucial piece of work."

Claire Plumb, Leicester Masaya Link Group (LMLG) and Global Education Leicester(shire) (GELS)

"Have just read through your Pilot Project Report: brilliant and really interesting! I think you' re onto something really big with this Project ..."

Trevor Higginbottom, Advisor to Xiehe International Schools, China

"The idea of ‘teaching values’ will set off alarm bells in the minds of many (myself included!), but this project was intensely aware of this. Teachers were asked to reflect both on their own values and on the problem in trying to ‘impart values’. To the contrary, the philosophy was around equipping both teachers and pupils with the language of values and awareness of how to identify where and how values play out in the world we live in."

Elena Blackmore, Public Interest Research Centre (extract from blog)

"Lifeworlds Learning did a very impressive job of managing a limited amount of capacity to deliver a highly engaging and comprehensive level of interventions for the 9 schools, going beyond what might have been expected from them. This is reflected in the detailed project report. Of great testament to this was the high level of engagement by 6 of these schools in particular, who have expressed the strong desire to continue their relationship with Lifeworlds and more generally with this work."

Richard P King, Oxfam GB (project partner and funder)

Leading Through Values (pilot project)

"VERY well led, great engagement."

"Excellent learning through drama - children loved the experience."

"We use our school grounds and the surrounding areas regularly and for all types of reasons. The Acting Out opportunity provided a rather different element to be incorporated into learning."

Acting Out (outdoor drama workshop)

"Thank you very much for delivering such an excellent session at the 2012 UK National Park Educators workshop - it was pitched just right and everyone go a lot from the session"

Sunita Welch, Brecon Beacons National Park, National Educators Workshop, Brecon Beacons

Training Day (National Parks)

"...we’re working to such tight deadlines on everything so I really appreciate how flexible you have been and have been amazed by the quality of resources you’re creating in such short time frames."

Helen Davis, Education Resource Commissioning Editor, British Red Cross.

Resource writing (British Red Cross)

"The course yesterday was brilliant, thank you!"

"A very thought provoking day. I found the work on values particularly engaging and made me think very deeply about my own practice! I hope to disseminate some of the ideas from the day to other members of teaching staff in my school. Thanks for an inspirational day"

"Helpful, relevant and engaging - found the whole experience to be brilliant! Would recommend highly."

"Just a quick thank you for a really enjoyable and valuable day yesterday. I hope to be able to use some of my e-credits with you for a staff twilight"

"...can I just say that I really enjoyed the day yesterday at Awsworth – I found the concepts very interesting."

Participants in GLP course 'Global Learning, Values and Curriculum 2014', 11th November 2014.

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Yr 7/8 Suspended Timetable Days

Eco Schools (teacher workshop)

"Excellent range of books and activities"

"good ideas to use with children with 'individual issues' as well as a whole class"

"Just loads of great ideas!" "Well delivered"

"Exploring books in detail and from a different perspective - 'eye-opening!'"

Reading Our World (day course)

"What a fantastic day. From start to finish organisation was fantastic. Such clear instructions and back up resources provided. Delivered in a child-friendly way. The children were so eager to have a go and as well as the skills of being an author, the children worked co-operatively. Loved it!!"

"The children enjoyed working co-operatively and having ownership of the design/layout. They were really proud and enthusiastic to do more. I can't think of anything to improve it."

"A full action packed day with the children all excited about taking on the roles of producing a book"

"Children were very enthusiastic, positive comments made by children and staff throughout the day. Having leaders and assinging roles was fantastic! Good opportunity for team building skills"

"Build a Book - a fantastic idea to engage children in reading."

Build-a-Book (pupil challenge day)

"Thank you for a super presentation - full of good examples of resources and super, practical ideas"

"Very thought provoking. Brilliant taster session about quality narrative to make you think. Good teaching ideas also for non-fiction. Thanks."

Teaching Reading (teacher workshop)

"We all think it’s a fantastic and thorough resource, and Zana in particular wanted us to pass on how wonderful she thinks they are!"

Hachette (with NLT) on support resources for 'The Bone Sparrow' by Zana Fraillon (2016)

Resource writing (National Literacy Trust)

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