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Education traditionalist to promote traditional teaching techniques at course in Ayrshire
An education traditionalist renowned for his success in implementing teaching methods discarded by UK mainstream schooling half a century ago is to share his philosophy at a course in Ayrshire.
Nevile Gwynne, educated at Eton and Oxford, gives modern-day classroom practices a wide berth, and holds that the traditional style of education is still relevant, appropriate and effective for all ages today. He will discuss the traditional approach and practices during a course entitled,Traditional TeachingTechniques that really work, which will run at Dumfries House estate from Monday 7 to Wednesday 9 August.
Gwynne has, through mainstream media, regularly bemoaned a “dumbing down” of education that he argues has formed part of a “child-centred” curriculum throughout British schools in the past 50 years. He is the author of books on Latin and grammar and appears twice a month for two hours on the BBC Radio 5 “Up All Night” to discuss the use of language. He acts as a private online tutor to many children all over the world.
This short course will be unique and that is not an exaggeration - Mr N. M. Gwynne
A number of education professionals agree with Gwynne’s principles and he has been regularly invited to schools to give lessons to pupils and mentor teachers on learning methods. While accepting that a wholesale introduction of his methods into mainstream education would not satisfy government inspectors, Gwynne is determined to impress on as many educators as possible the value of a more formal, non-child-centred way of teaching.
Recently, he was asked to give several instruction and demonstration lessons to the leading teachers of a new and successful free school that was then about to start up. By helping the staff there to understand and appreciate the best theory of teaching, he played an important part in setting up the teaching in that school as it is now being done.
Delivered by Gwynne and his daughter and teaching-partner, Chloe, the three-day course at Dumfries House can be expected to appeal to anyone with a serious interest in education, as well as those in mainstream education, home-schoolers, private tutors and mentors. Sessions will focus on a variety of subjects, including traditional teaching practices and principles, and how individual subjects are best taught.
Dumfries House Lodge: 5 star-rated country house accommodation offer a level of comfort and relaxation to ease away the efforts of the day. Facilities available include two sitting rooms, dining room and twenty-two bedrooms all refurbished to the highest standards. The Lodge has been reserved for the sole use of delegates attending the traditional teaching techniques 3-day seminar.
Dumfries House Lodge ***** Scottish Country House Accommodation
Day 1 - Monday 7th August
Day 2 - Tuesday 8th August
Day 3 – Wednesday 9th August
Stay at the 5 stars Dumfries House Lodge
Cost per delegate: £395.00
Contact details for further information will be firstname.lastname@example.org
Nevile Gwynne author of Gwynne's Grammar and Gwynne's Latin. Educated at Eton College and Oxford University, he graduated with a degree in modern languages.