Culture Learning Design Tour 2019

29 Sept – 11 October 2019

Finland – Denmark – Spain – UK

We are on our way! Progress will be updated on Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as longer posts on my blog

Stay tuned for 2020 opportunities!

Hosted by Anne Knock:
Since 2011, I have organised and hosted many international tours, for more than 100 professionals, mostly educational leaders and architects, who have embarked on this unique professional learning adventure.


Sun 29 Sept: Opening dinner with your new travelling colleagues

Mon 30 Sept: School visits in Hameenlinna

Yhteiskoulu Community School in Hameenlinna.

Renovation was completed in August 2016. The classes use team teaching. The new facilities support the learning of children and the development of collaborative skills.

Tues 1 Oct:
Morning – School visits in Espoo

Afternoon – Aalto Design Factory .

Aalto Design Factory is an interdisciplinary product design and learning hub uniting students, teachers, researchers, and industry. Its aim to build a new kind of passion-based learning culture for Aalto University

Denmark & Sweden

Wed 2 Oct: School visits in Copenhagen

Thurs 3 Oct: School visits in Kunskapsskolan Helsingborg & Malmo, Sweden

Fri 4 Oct: Future Classroom Lab at Carlsberg University. Created by European Schoolnet, FCL is an inspirational learning environment challenging visitors to rethink the role of pedagogy, technology and design in their classrooms.

Through six learning zones, explore the essential elements in delivering 21st century learning: students’ and teachers’ skills and roles, learning styles, learning environment design, current and emerging technology, and societal trends affecting education.


Sat 5 & Sun 6 Oct: Free weekend in Barcelona

Mon 7 Oct: Collegi Montserrat

Collegi Montserrat has a strong commitment to global education, equipping their students with the tools needed to succeed. The school has more than 1000 students from birth to 18 years.

Tues 8 Oct: Learn Life Barcelona hosted by Stephen Harris, Founder and Chief Learning Officer – A global community of education innovators working together to create a new learning paradigm.


Wed 9 Oct: School visits and local event hosted by Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh University, focussing on Learning Environment Transitions

Our local host is an Interior Architect & Designer, City of Edinburgh Council and is passionate about designing inclusive and holistic educational spaces putting effective design at the core of the learning process and showing how evidence-based design decisions can transform the learning experience for everyone.

Thurs 10 Oct: West Calder HS

1100 capacity school, designed with the pupil experience at the core, as well as providing facilities accessible to the local community. The school opened in August 2018.

Thurs 10 Oct: London
Dr Elizabeth Rushton, is a researcher based in the Department of Education, Communication and Society at Kings College London and supports Institute for Research in School (IRIS) in their project evaluation, she is an Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL Institute of Education

Lizzie will meet with us to share her research findings, recently published in International Journal of Science Education: From science teacher to ‘teacher scientist’: exploring the experiences of research-active science teachers in the UK.

The abstract notes: “Teachers who are research-active develop complex professional networks that have a positive impact upon their sense of professional worth and self-belief”.

Interested in joining Anne Knock in 2020?
Complete the contact form to send me an email

More testimonials at the end of this page.

Who usually comes?
Participants represent leaders in education, learning space design and businesses that provide services to education sectors. The tour welcomes participants from across the world.

Registration is open. Once registration is received deposit of $500 is required to secure place on the tour. You will receive an invoice by email.


  • 12 nights accommodation with breakfast in quality accommodation
    (from arrival on 29 September to conclusion on 11 October, 2019)
  • Site visits and daily transport
  • Flights and transport during the tour between 29 September and 11 October, 2019
  • Some meals are included and these will be specified in the itinerary

Please note: There’s a bit of walking. We may need to take a short walk with luggage to a train station. And on school visits there is a lot of walking, often up and down stairs. Lifts are usually available for particular needs.

Please arrange your own comprehensive travel insurance.

Fine print and refund policy is outlined in the online registration form

Theme: In search of small data: Capturing clues that uncover big ideas.

Culture: How does the cultural climate of a country influence schools and learning? What can we learn from this perspective

Learning: How is the school’s learning philosophy evident in the everyday life of the school? 

Design: How does the design of the school reflect the aspirations for the learners? What do you notice about effective design?

Sneak Peak – School21

This school has been on the radar for a long time, and finally, we are getting there!

School21 is a pioneering free school for 4-18 in East London for children from all backgrounds. The school works with a series of pedagogies and approaches that give students the chance to:

Find their voice

Develop deep knowledge and understanding,

Create beautiful work that has real value beyond the classroom.

And when they say ‘voice’, they actually mean ‘voice’. Oracy is a moral cause at School21 as lack of eloquence is considered one of the biggest barriers to young people succeeding.

“Employers put good oral communication at the top of their requirements for employees. Yet we rarely teach it systematically in schools”.

On CLD Tour 2019 we are booked into a full morning session, with a deep dive into approaches to understand what makes School21 tick!

Why small data?

We exist in a big data world, data mining in education interprets large amounts of big fat noisy information that looks for correlations to shape policy and decisions. But what about small data?

In his 2018 book FinnishEd Leadership, Pasi Sahlberg encourages educational leaders and thinkers to take time to consider ‘small data’. He argues that big data algorithms can only show correlation, which is in itself important, but not causation. This is where small data matters, instead of being only governed by numbers from surveys, inspections and other measurement tools, small data provides insight into the invisible fabric of schools.

The Culture Learning Design Tour 2019 affords the unique opportunity to step outside your known environment and notice small data, with fresh eyes. Your insights will help to form strategy and innovation in your own setting.





I can’t speak highly enough about Anne Knock and the fabulous Vision Tour she created for our group, I can easily recommend and encourage others to experience this opportunity with Anne, she has done the hard work and has a solid track record that you can really have confidence in.  Not only is it beautifully orchestrated, it is informed, intelligent and simply remarkable – I loved it!
(Suzanne Simmons-Kopa, Principal, 2017 SVT participant)

What an amazing experience! 13 days, 5 countries, 8 cities, 14 schools, with 14 people from 8 schools… So now what? I’ve rediscovered the enthusiasm I had as a young teacher, but with the experience of many years in the game. I no longer accept ‘chalk and talk’ teaching and learning from my students or myself. I am more engaged with the learning that my (senior high school) students are participating in. And I’ve learnt to trust them, because if I create a positive learning environment I know they will be engaged and willing. (2017 SVT participant)

Travelling with a group of educators who have a similar vision to teaching and learning for our students was a highlight. Being able to network and discuss what we each do professionally was affirming and allowed me to share my school’s journey and ‘borrow’ some ideas from my peers in diverse, yet similar, environments.
(2017 SVT participant)

I’d also like to pass on my sincere thanks re your organisation and leadership of the trip. It was all that was promised and so much more and is a trip I would highly recommend! We were challenged and inspired by all that we saw and also through interaction with the rest of the team. (2016 SVT participant)

Truly this was one of the most enjoyable both professionally and personal opportunities I have ever had! (2015SVT participant)

This is professional learning you can’t get from conferences and seminars.
(2012 SVT participant)

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