What is Mantle of the Expert ?

In a nutshell... Mantle of the Expert is an inquiry method of teaching, which engages pupils as active learners, and enables teachers to meet their curriculum targets. Pupils are asked to take on the idea of  working as a fictional 'enterprise' or team. They carry out a variety of tasks, to complete a purposeful 'commission' from a 'client.'  The Mantle of the Expert system was created by Dorothy Heathcote. There's no set way of planning a Mantle project, but this guide will take you through some of the key elements. Click on the links below for more details.

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One: Choose the Enterprise

Choose the 'enterprise' that will enable you to meet your curriculum targets. More details here

Two: Ways-in

Engage the interest of the class. More details here

Three: Build the 'Frame'

Build the pupils' sense of 'expertise' through a series of tasks. More details here

Four: Introduce the 'commission'

The team are commissioned to undertake a big job by a fictitious 'client.' More details here

Five: The 'publication'

The team undertake a series of tasks to fulfil the 'commission.' Finally, they share their work in some form - e.g. through a presentation to the 'client.' More details here


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