Gloucester Road Primary School

Gloucester Road Primary School has embarked on a journey in developing 21st Century learning. The DEEP Curriculum focuses on REAL Projects allowing the development of SOLE to research our big questions. (D – designed for challenge, E – experiential, E – environmental immersion, P – project led).

Our curriculum is designed and centred on our children’s needs and is relevant to their life experiences. Our learners are central to all experiences, activities and projects. Ensuring all children know what they are doing and why. Projects are embedded into themes and are driven by leading questions, produce outcomes that have a real purpose and are exhibited to a wider, authentic audience beyond the school.

The DEEP curriculum focuses on fewer things in greater depth and is designed so the quality time on key concepts ensures deeper learning. Key experiences relate directly to the theme and projects. They are exciting, adventurous and inspiring, whilst delivering essential content. Total environmental immersion from the corridors to classrooms and through to the outdoor provision, engages and inspires our learners.

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Martlesham Primary Academy

Martlesham Primary Academy are a collaborative learning school that believes in challenging the status quo every day. As Sugata Mitra postulated… ‘What is the future of learning?’ Martlesham believe that SOLE is the key to unlocking the 21st Century learning skills young individuals require today and therein the future. Continue reading


SOLE UK is a forum for teachers across the UK to post the different SOLE questions they have asked their classes and to share their findings. This is a great place to celebrate all things SOLE and to encourage other schools to have a go at using Professor Mitra’s inspirational SOLE approach.

The page will be led by Sarah Leonard. Sarah is an important part of the ‘SOLE Community’ globally, and is a full-time classroom teacher who sings from the rooftops about SOLE to all who will listen! Sarah’s class and school use the SOLE approach on a weekly basis as a way to learn together. the SOLE UK page is also an opportunity for teachers to ask for help and advice if needed. e.g. How to start your own SOLE or to troubleshoot any concerns you may have whilst teaching using this approach.

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Nic Arb

Nic loves technology, computing, Android, electronic mapping, and GPS. She is a member of the Granny Cloud network.

TED Lab – Greenfield Arts (Room 13)

Greenfield Arts is the site of the ‘Room 13’ SOLE Lab. Designed to be very different to a normal classroom, Room 13 has an ‘outdoor feel’ – including artificial grass – and unusual seating and decoration to make it an attractive and social space to spend time in. Continue reading

TED Lab – George Stephenson High School

The world’s first School in the Cloud opened its doors at George Stephenson High School.

Students designed the interior of this one-room learning lab – which has colourful beanbags scattered throughout and fluffy clouds painted on the walls. Continue reading

Amy-Leigh Hope

Organisation: George Stephenson High School

Amy-Leigh Hope is Curriculum Leader for Design Technology and Art at George Stephenson High School in Killingworth, Newcastle. Amy has been teaching for sixteen years, of which six have been at this local high school.

Amy’s interest in SOLE started five years ago after a whole school assembly on the ‘Hole in the Wall Project’ and the work of Sugata Mitra. Following this, and after reading about Sugata’s work, Amy started trying out SOLE in her own classroom and sharing her results with Sugata and Newcastle University. Continue reading

Emma Crawley

Organisation: St. Aidan’s Church of England Primary School

Emma is a primary school teacher from the North East of England. She began using SOLE in the classroom as early as 2009 when she and Sugata Mitra first met. They began by setting GCSE and A Level questions to a class of nine year olds and were amazed by the results. These experiments were reported in the Journal of Education and Human Development.

As a result of these activities, the idea of SOLE was developed in Emma’s classroom and they began to spread the word to teachers in other schools. Continue reading

Jane Yates

Organisation: Armathwaite Community Primary School

I stumbled across the concept of a SOLE at Greenfields Community School in County Durham while I was running a Philosophy for Children(P4C) course for local teachers.  Curious by the ‘School in the Cloud’ design of the classroom, where the training was held, I immediately googled everything I could on my return home that evening. As someone with a strong belief in the potential for questions to be at the heart of learning, I was hooked. Since then, I have been trying out the use of SOLE in my own classroom with Year 5 and 6 children. Continue reading