In 1984, two Headteachers and long term colleagues, David Playfoot and Martin Skelton, began Fieldwork Education.
Their goal was to offer the best help to schools that they could; help they felt hadn’t been available to their own schools, and help that was firmly rooted in best practice and research but that was also practical, accessible and jargon-free.
Something else was important too. Even as far back as 1984, they recognised that learning was what schools were all about and that everything else in school should be judged on how well it contributed to children’s and students’ learning. Improving learning soon became the mission statement of Fieldwork Education and the defining characteristic of all of the early training work we carried out.
Fieldwork Education has grown and changed since those early days although our passion for improving learning remains as strong as ever. We now have long term relationships with schools all over the world, working with them over time to build capacity and improve learning for everyone.
We have created, what is proving to be, the fastest-growing, independent primary curriculum in the world. The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is now used by schools in over 65 countries where more than 250,000 children experience great learning, great teaching and great fun. We have also developed a range of assessment and evaluation tools, all – as you might expect – focused on learning. These range from learning-focused reviews to our Assessment for Learning Programme and the transformational Looking for Learning Toolkit. The International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) represents the latest piece in our learning-focused support for schools.