Mantle of the Expert in schools
In our work in schools, we specialise in a method known as Mantle of the Expert.
In Mantle of the Expert, children are asked to think of themselves as people running a fictional ‘enterprise’ of some kind. They might imagine they are running a shop, or a museum, etc. In running their ‘enterprise,’ the children take on a range of different tasks – speaking and listening, reading, writing, designing, making, etc. The tasks are selected by the teacher to meet curriculum targets.
We have run Mantle of the Expert projects in primary and secondary schools, and in a range of subject areas, including English, Maths, Science, History and PHSE. Schools we have worked in include New Invention Junior, Nonsuch Primary, Turves Green Boys, George Dixon Academy, and many more.
We are partners with the Mantle Network which is dedicated to supporting teachers in using enquiry methods. You can find the Mantle Network website here.
The website also features information about our Erasmus+ projects with European partners, looking at teaching methods such as Mantle, the Commission Model, and Rolling Role.
These videos show David Allen from MAT working with a Year 2 class at Nonsuch Primary School in Birmingham in 2008-9