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The Olympics isn’t just about the 100 metres final, Coca-Cola and the enormous new stadium – it’s also a chance to think about who we are and where we belong. The games were actually started by a French educationalist called Baron de Coubertin who wanted to change how young people were educated.

This blog is the story of 15 arts education projects taking place in 150 schools across London in 2010-11, which all take their cue from the 2012 London Olympics. These projects encourage young people to think critically about their place in the world and what it could mean to be a global citizen in the 21st century. They should help us reflect on what the London Olympics mean for young people, and how the Olympics can inspire better education work, both now and in the future.

You can find out more about the individual projects taking place here.

If you want to take things further, you can file a report. Email your reports to

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  1. January 31, 2011 10:47 am

    This is a great idea. But when are you going to repair the “Projects” link so that we can get to that page and see what the projects are about? Thank you.

    • January 31, 2011 12:37 pm

      sorry that’s a bit embarrassing, thanks for flagging it up – I’ve changed it now. I wrote this description and made the video around the end of last summer – it’s a bit out of date now. I probably need to amend it and add in a bit about how I want to open a temporary ‘school of olympic research’ (but obvs we can’t call it that for copyright reasons) in a shop in central London at the end of june which will be a sort of forum of educational workshops, discussions and pecha kucha/ted like stuff bringing together artists, designers and people with an interesting story to tell about London’s Olympics. It should be a great little thing – and anyone who wants to do something with that should definitely email me on


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