Culture Learning Design Tour 2019

29 Sept – 11 October

Registration for the Culture Learning Design Tour 2019 is now open. The itinerary is taking shape and there is plenty of interest in this year’s tour.



Sun 29 Sept: Opening dinner with your new travelling colleagues
30 Sept – 1 Oct: School visits in Hameenlinna and Espoo

Denmark & Sweden

Wed 2 Oct: School visits in Copenhagen
Thurs 3 Oct: School visits in Kunskapsskolan Helsingborg & Malmo, Sweden
Fri 4 Oct: Danish Future Classroom Lab at Carlsberg University


Sat 5 & Sun 6 Oct: Free weekend in Barcelona
Mon 7 & Tues 8 Oct: Collegi Montserrat & Our Dream School


Wed 9 & Thurs 10 Oct: School visits and local event hosted by Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh University, foucssing on Learning Environment Transitions

Friday 11 Oct: School21 – A pioneering new 4 to 18 school in Stratford, East London, for children from all backgrounds. Tour closes with lunch together.

Tour Registration

Registration – Full Participant

  • $AU9100 Payment in full received by 15 June 2019
  • $AU9500 Payment in full received after 15 June 2019 (until 31 August 2019)
  • $AU500 Deposit to secure your place – on completion of the online registration form

If you have any questions, complete this form to send Anne an email:

Your Host: Anne Knock

Since 2011 I have been organising  professional study tours to Europe and the UK. I have organised and hosted 10 tours, taking more than 70 professionals, mostly educational leaders and architects on this unique adventure. I work alongside a corporate travel agent who specialises in small group travel and provides a personal service that attends to the group needs.

As you can see from the sample of testimonials, the tours are rich and rewarding professional development experiences.

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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