At first glance it would be easy to assume that the focus of Round Square takes place outside the classroom through extra- and co-curricular activities and, if truth be known, this was my first impression of the organisation, before attending the Global Conference at Aiglon College in October.
However, it is clear that Round Square is ever evolving and they want to take their key values and attitudes embodied within the IDEALS into the classroom. This is to be done by their newly developed Discovery Framework which aims:
“To construct a practical and useful framework that captures and communicates the unique spirit of a Round Square approach to teaching and learning”
During the conference, we heard from three schools who had piloted the use of the Discovery Framework in their own way to suit their own schools; it had proved to be effective to all three schools, in very different ways. You can view the Discovery Framework here: discovery roller banner
It soon became clear that the work we have been doing over the last two years regarding independent learning, student-led learning, active learning and growth mindset shared a number of the key values, skills and attitudes as the Discovery Framework which we are looking to develop in our pupils at AKS.
The beauty of the Discovery Framework is the fact that it is very much up to the individual school as to how they use it, depending on the key skill areas and attributes they want to focus on in their classrooms.
It will certainly be interesting to meet up with other Round Square schools at the Discovery Framework Conference in June to see how each school has used and interpreted the framework, and to share ideas and best practice, as we look to continually develop the character education of AKS pupils; surely this is the real ‘value-added’ of independent education?
A J McKeown
Read an article by the CEO of Round Square Rachael Westgarth ‘The Round Square Discovery Framework – A Trojan Horse for Character Education’ – here