Richard Dunne

Richard Dunne

Richard Dunne is Headteacher of Ashley CofE Primary School in Walton on Thames. The school is an Ofsted graded Outstanding School and it has developed a curriculum of learning that applies learning to real life and gives the children a lead role in that learning. Richard believes passionately that the best way for children to be motivated in their learning is when it makes sense to them and when they have a key role to play. Through combining core skills to purposeful enquiries of learning, the children start to develop their own vision of how they want to see their world and just as importantly what they can do to make it happen. The school has won a range of awards for this work, including two international awards for energy conservation initiatives led by the children, one national award for food growing and provision, and a best educational visits award for their New Leaders in Sustainability expeditions to Chamonix in the Alps.

tomato harvest in different colours
'If we are to take seriously the idea of a sustainable future, then the current education system is not fit for purpose. This is not to decry the need for high standards and rigour in education. Rather it is a call to re-contextualize learning, to join it up... more
Oak leaves back lit by sunshine
Richard Dunne is Headteacher of a UK state primary school near London which has achieved Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ status, the highest performance level, for the last seven years. Despite this, he believes that the current curriculum is failing our children, both in terms of enabling them to feel a sense... more
Child's hands with geometry work
'There is now overwhelming evidence that humanity is living beyond its means, consuming and polluting in ways that are exhausting and degrading the natural world and impacting on the lives of the most vulnerable.' Ashley CofE Primary School is pioneering a curriculum based on Nature's principles of... more
Florence, Italy, a view of rooftops
'Our young people need an education that gives them the best opportunities possible to make a success of their lives, to recognise their potential, to live well' In the introductory section of the Harmony in Education Teachers' Guide, its author Richard Dunne sets out why we need to rethink the... more
river with bridge in Bhutan
'An enquiry-based approach to learning develops in young people the ability to ask questions, to research and generate useful knowledge and to seek solutions to the questions raised.' This section of the Harmony in Education Teachers' Guide looks at how the curriculum can be organised in Enquiries of Learning, and... more
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