Mantle of the Expert in schools
In our work in schools, we use 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. The Mantle system works, then, through putting children in ‘real life’ situations. It helps to meet one of the targets of the new curriculum, to prepare pupils for life after school.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. We offer coaching and mentoring to teachers in schools, to help them to use the Mantle system in their own teaching. Schools we have worked in include New Invention Junior, Nonsuch Primary, St Chad's, Highters Heath, Turves Green Boys, Wordsley, George Dixon Academy, North Birmingham Academy, and many more.
We are partners with the Mantle Network which is dedicated to supporting teachers in using enquiry methods such as Mantle, the Commission Model, and Rolling Role. You can find the Mantle Network website here.
The website also features information about Erasmus Plus projects we have undertaken with partners across Europe.
Click on the video, to see an extract from a documentary made in 2009, showing David Allen from MAT working with a Year 2 class at Nonsuch Primary School in Birmingham.