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Testimonials

To me it is a very important form of inquiry learning. Using drama – kids develop more empathy when studying countries or scientific ideas or whatever. It's that empathy that I've really come to appreciate. You just don’t get that through any other form of inquiry. 

RM - Primary school teacher  

One of the features is that it steps children up into leadership and being more grown up. They don’t just talk about being an expert – they become an expert. Power sharing is huge. It allows children to go down pathways as experts and that is rare for children to have so much power. 

GG - Deputy Principal  

To me it encompasses everything about the ‘effective teacher profile’ [for culturally responsive pedagogy]  … Co-construction, student voice and the acknowledgement of cultural capital and prior knowledge. This is so key - particularly for Maori and Pasifika students - to believe their own knowledge base is important.

KW - High School teacher  

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I have used Mantle to achieve accelerated literacy results at my school and I am currently working alongside two teachers who are really excited to be using this unique pedagogy that not only engages students but achieves academic results.

SB Deputy Principal