Culture Learning Design Tours

Culture Learning Design Tour 2019 – Expression of Interest

Have you been thinking about professional travel in 2019?

The 2018 tour is taking-off, so I am accepting expressions of interest for Culture Learning Design Tour 2019. The participants in the tour usually work in education, learning space design or businesses that provide services to the education sector. Participants are welcome from anywhere – you just need to get yourself to our starting point.

Proposed Details:
Dates: Sunday 29 Sept – Friday 11 October, 2019
Places (TBC): Edinburgh/Glasgow, London/UK, Barcelona (weekend), Helsinki, Copenhagen and Malmo
Visiting: Schools, libraries, universities, co-working spaces and museums

Details of the tour will be released in early 2019. This survey is non-binding, but means I can keep you in the loop. Complete the EOI form

Travellers 2018
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Netherlands – UK – Sweden – Denmark
1 – 12 October, 2018

Special Tour Event: Centre for Learning and Teaching at University of Newcastle
With Dr Pam Woolner and her colleagues:

Places and Spaces for Project Based and Enquiry Learning:
There are many challenges for schools and teachers in implementing pedagogical change and curriculum innovation through enquiry, PBL and community curriculum initiatives.  This event will consider the implications for the physical learning environment, from possibilities for school design through to classroom arrangement and organisation.  We will investigate how educators can use their space to facilitate and support these approaches to learning.

Dr Pam Woolner, Senior Lecture at the University of Newcastle

PamA recognised thought-leader on pedagogy and design, Dr Woolner will be hosting an afternoon with her colleagues from the University of Newcastle, along with some local educators. We will be considering the learning space implications of project-based learning.

Jesmond Gardens Primary School, Hartlepool

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We are delighted to be able to visit Jesmond Gardens Primary School, described as a ‘transformational school’. Recently the school’s future-focused approach was featured in the ITV news program, ‘Tonight’. The photo links to the video.

At the official opening, Professor Stephen Heppell stated,

“This building astonishes…It is bathed in light and learning…It’s a world class school with such attention to detail…Every detail matters because every detail improves learning”,

Screen Shot 2018-05-06 at 8.11.05 pm.pngAround_Copenhagen: Schools in Denmark are an integral part of the community. There is no separation from the street, with fences and walls. Mie has taken a walk through a Copenhagen community, where public space and the school space are intertwined

Tap the photo of Tove Ditlevensens Skole to see for yourself.

Have you ever seen a learning space with a Kombi-van as reading nook?


At West Thornton Primary in Greater London they have a simple idea about learning “Children will surprise you, but only if you let them”.

WTP has become the must-visit school in London, where learning, design and leadership work together to create an amazing school culture.


City of  Glasgow College
Award-winning vocational college and 2017 RIBA short listed design

photo 7The new state of the art campus in the heart of Glasgow’s learning quarter scooped the 2017  RIBA Award for best current Scottish architecture. The college features:

  • 1000 learning spaces and a library resource over four floors
  • Advanced technology with high quality classrooms
  • Industry standard TV and Radio studios
  • Fully equipped aircraft training cabin
  • 16 professional cookery kitchens
  • A mini hospital


Dr Becky Parker MBE, Director of Institute for Research in Schools, introduces us to school-student-reseachers

Becky Parker, Director of IRIS (Institute for Research in Schools) will be hostingSlide1 us at Boroughbridge High School, York. The vision of IRIS is to bring about a transformation of the student and teacher experience of science. Being involved in real science inspires young people and is the best professional development for teachers.

On our tour last year we met Miles Soloman, a school student who found errors in NASA data and became a news story on the BBC. His school in Sheffield is part of the IRIS network. Read more and hear Miles’ interview by clicking on the story panel.

Becky will tell us about the work of IRIS, but more importantly, we will hear directly from the students at the school about the incredible research they are undertaking. You will be amazed at what these students can achieve.

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Itinerary (draft)

(The itinerary is in draft form until all sites are confirmed.)

Week 1: Sunday 30 September – Saturday 6 October
Glasgow to London

Sunday 30 Sept Welcome to Glasgow!
Evening social gathering to meet your new travelling crew
Monday 1 Oct City College Glasgow: Award-winning vocational college and 2017 RIBA short-listed

Explore the work of acclaimed Glaswegian architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Tues 2 Oct School visits: Edinburgh

A busy day. We are planning to visit two secondary schools and a primary school.

Wednesday 3 Oct Jesmond Gardens Primary School, followed by late afternoon gathering at Newcastle University, with Dr Pam Woolner, her colleagues and local educators.
Thursday 4 Oct Travelling to Yorkshire to meet with Dr Becky Parker and some extraordinary student researchers at Boroughbridge High School. Then onto London.
Friday 5 Oct London!

West Thornton Primary Academy – A school that thinks deeply about the whole package – design, shared teacher practice and student deep learning.

Stanley Park High School – 1150-place secondary school with a 350-place 6th form and a co-located 91-place provision for children with autism. SPHS have adopted the principles of Human Scale Learning Environments, fostering positive relationships, enabling teachers to know their students well and make possible a more holistic approach to learning.

Saturday 6 Oct Travel to Amsterdam, then onto Utrecht.

Week 2:  Sunday 7 – Friday 12 October
Utrecht to Copenhagen

Sunday 7 Oct Free day in Utrecht, or a quick train trip to Amsterdam. Followed by an evening social gathering to see what we’ve been thinking about
Monday 8 Oct Trip to Delft – libraries and university spaces
Tues 9 Oct School visit to one of Netherlands’ first schools without classrooms.
Wednesday 10 Oct After crossing ‘The Bridge’ we will head to visit schools and universities in Malmo, Sweden
Thursday 11 Oct Copenhagen: Iconic schools that have shifted the thinking away from classrooms and corridors.
Friday 12 Oct School in the community focus. Tour ends around lunchtime.

A more detailed itinerary can be sent to you. Just complete the expression of interest form.




CLD Tour Information

Participants: 10 places available
Tour has now reached minimum numbers.
Once registration is received: $500 deposit is required to secure place on the tour. You will receive an invoice by email.

Earlybird Registration
Full payment received before Friday 15 June, 2018

$AU8900 Full participant – solo traveller, own room
$AU7400 Full participant (per person) sharing room with partner or colleague (who is a full participant)

Late Registration – Full payment received from 16 June to 31 July, 2018

$AU9400 Full participant – solo traveller, own room
$AU7800 Full participant (per person) sharing room with partner or colleague (who is a full participant)

(Refund policy outlined below)

What else do you need to know?

The tour will start and end in UK/Europe. Participants will make their own arrangements to the start, arriving in Glasgow by 30 September. At the conclusion in Copenhagen, participants arrange own transport home.


  • 12 nights accommodation with breakfast in quality accommodation
    (from arrival on 30 September to conclusion on 12 October)
  • Site visits and daily transport
  • Flights and transport during the tour between 1 and 12 October
  • Some meals are included and these will be specified in the itinerary

Please note: On this professional tour it is envisaged that there will be walking between visit sites in some locations. We may also need to take a short walk with luggage to a train station. And on school visits there is a lot of walking, often walking up and down stairs. Lifts are usually available.

Please arrange your own comprehensive travel insurance.

Your Hosts: Anne & Mie

AKSince 2011 I have been organising  SCIL Vision Tours (SVT) to Europe and the UK. As you can see from the sample of testimonials below these have been rich and rewarding professional development experiences for those who have participated. In that time I have organised and hosted or co-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.


I am excited to confirm that Mie Guldbaek Broens of,  who is based in Europe will be working with me in planning and co-leading the tour.

Many who have been before have spent time with Mie as she has joined in at different parts, particularly in Copenhagen and Netherlands. We share passions for learning and school design.


Additional opportunity to attend:

15 & 16th Oct, 2018
University College, Copenhagen, Denmark.

15 & 16th Oct, 2018, University College, Copenhagen, Denmark.
A public research conference providing an opportunity for selected graduate and early career researchers to present their research across an international audience, hosted by the University of Melbourne ILETC Project this event will explore:
What are teachers doing (well) when transitioning from traditional classrooms to innovative learning environments?  Read more here

We can arrange for attendance for you (additional costs apply):

  • 4 or 5 nights additional accommodation in Copenhagen
    (Fri 12 – Tues 16/Wed 17 October)
  • Symposia Registration
  • Transportation to the Symposia on 15 & 16 October

This cost will be in addition to the CLD Tour.
Participation is pending available places at symposia.

What’s Next?

Apply for a place on the tour or send an expression of interest

To participate in this unique learning experience, please outline how it  will make a difference to your professional practice and what you hope to achieve from the tour relevant to your particular context.

Please complete the form below.



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)

Fine Print and Refund policy

The tour will be confirmed when the minimum number of participants (7) is met.

Before 15 June 2018: Payments/Deposit received by this date will be refunded should the tour not go ahead.
15 June – 31 July 2018 – Refunds will be calculated accordingly:

  • Less bookings already made on behalf of the participant
  • Less 20% of full registration to cover administration costs

31 July – 31 August, 2018 – Refunds will be calculated accordingly:

  • Less bookings already made on behalf of the participant
  • Less 50% of full registration to cover administration costs

After 31 August, 2018 – No refund is possible


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