NIGEL BENTLEYTo study the "open-plan" structure of primary school education - USA, UK
I was thirty four and principal of Edith Creek District School on the far north-west coast when I applied for a fellowship.
We had been exploring for quite some time more effective child centred approaches to learning. Out school psychologist, Larry Monk, encouraged me to apply for the Churchill Fellowship.
Sir Stanley Burbury, then Governor, was chair of the selection committee and gave me great support and encouragement.
Since retiring from the State Education Department in 1995 I have created a small vineyard at Orford. Now between travel and wine making my life is wonderfully busy.
My Fellowship was a 14 week study of the then current educational practices in California (5 weeks) and the United Kingdom (9 weeks)
FELLOWSHIP CONCLUSIONS & OUTCOMES
My fellowship experience was the most amazing life changing, career enhancing adventure, It created a personal responsibility to share my learning’s and provide leadership to teachers and principals in the light that we teach CHILDREN, not subjects.
I was subsequently able to visit government, private and systemic school authorities throughout Australia to discuss new methods of education.
Churchill Fellowships – life changing experiences!