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Welcome to Open Futures ...

a skills and enquiry-based curriculum programme
for primary schools in the UK and India

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“Growing and then cooking their own fruit and vegetables has delighted the children and has encouraged them to try new things.”

Margaret Wildey
Headteacher
Moorthorpe Primary School, West Yorkshire

“We have always cooked, but the cookit activities provided by Focus on Food have really encouraged us to raise our game.”

Candy Daffern
Headteacher
Chichester Children's Centre

Open Futures provides us with so many opportunities for developing practical skills with children and their mums and dads.”

Candy Daffern
Headteacher
Chichester Children's Centre

“Lots of good things end up in the bin because you know the timing isn’t right and you just can’t ask the staff to pick up something else. However, sometimes you see something and you know you just have to follow it through.”

Colleen Gibson
Headteacher
Crigglestone St James Junior and Infant School, West Yorkshire

Open Futures has had such a positive impact on everyone involved – pupils, staff and the wider community. Everyone is planning and working together and there’s a great sense of sharing and empathy, a real community spirit.”

Colleen Gibson
Headteacher
Crigglestone St James Junior and Infant School, West Yorkshire

“Generic practical and cognitive skills developed by pupils through Open Futures in Key Stage 1 can be successfully applied and embedded across all subjects and learning experiences in Key Stage 2.”

Richard Yelland
Headteacher
St John the Baptist Primary School, West Sussex

“One of the most valuable resources of Open Futures is the interest, knowledge and motivation that specialists bring with them. It gives strong authenticity to proceedings.”

Professor David Leat
Director
Centre for Learning and Teaching, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne

"If I had known the potential a year ago, I would have taken most other items off my school improvement plan and focused it entirely on Open Futures

Candy Daffern
Headteacher
Chichester Children's Centre

“It enthuses and excites everyone. Training inspires everyone and leads to great developments within the school. The pupils love it. Everyone can achieve. It’s not just another strategy, but a vehicle to impact on our community.”

Jill Wormesley
Headteacher
West Bretton Junior and Infant School, West Yorkshire

“Going through this kind of process does take time, but when we came to make the formal application to be an Open Futures school, we knew that we had everyone behind us, aware of the challenges, but willing to give it their best shot. It was certainly time well spent.”

Colleen Gibson
Headteacher
Crigglestone St James Junior and Infant School, West Yorkshire

Open Futures offers a practical, authentic and meaningful set of experiences for pupils that generate confidence, collaboration and better relationships, and instigates more productive and exploratory talk.”

Professor David Leat
Director
Centre for Learning and Teaching, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne

“Generic practical and cognitive skills developed by pupils through Open Futures in Key Stage 1 can be successfully applied and embedded across all subjects and learning experiences in Key Stage 2.”

Richard Yelland
Headteacher
St John the Baptist Primary School, West Sussex

Open Futures is an integral part of the learning of all pupils. It is the driver for progressing pupils’ skill development from early years to the end of Key Stage 2.”

Richard Yelland
Headteacher
St John the Baptist Primary School, West Sussex

“It enthuses and excites everyone. Training inspires everyone and leads to great developments within the school. The pupils love it. Everyone can achieve. It’s not just another strategy, but a vehicle to impact on our community.”

Jill Wormesley
Headteacher
West Bretton Junior and Infant School, West Yorkshire