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Open up a world of discovery for children by taking on the Mantle

Having initially been sceptical about the Mantle of the Expert, teacher Chris Frame is now a convert after witnessing how this role-play teaching method fires pupils’ imaginations and engages them in learning

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I was standing, head down, looking forlorn and sorry for myself, in a mixed Year 1/2 classroom that wasn’t mine. Two other adults, playing the roles of my fellow saboteurs, were with me. We had been caught trying to wreck an art exhibition by the artist Hundertwasser. We disagreed with his views on art, so we had tried to flood the gallery to prevent others from being exposed to his opinions.

And now we were being interviewed by the children to ascertain our reasoning and to enable us to defend ourselves. The questions were pretty well articulated, and we duly gave answers, until one young ...

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