What are they all about?


“In a nutshell, the Magenta Principles™ is an umbrella phrase that refers to a philosophy and an approach to teaching based upon the premise that learning should be both exciting and engaging. More specifically the phrase represents a pedagogy underpinned by an unshakeable belief that:

  • learning is the consequence of thinking… therefore our job is to get them to think
  • language is central to thinking… therefore our job is to get them to talk
  • learning is an active process… therefore our job is to get them doing

We talk about The Magenta Principles™ – but in reality there is just one principle; in order to make sense of the information that comes their way, children have to do something to/with it. Receiving it, retaining it and eventually regurgitating it is insufficient – in short they have to think about it! The receive, retain and regurgitate approach may get a child through an examination hoop but it will not develop a deep understanding and while all teachers want to help children pass exams some of us want much more – we want them to get it, get why they got it and, as much as anything, enjoy it.

The question therefore becomes, what are children required to do to/with the information they encounter in the classroom? It is central to the approach and the answer gives us The Magenta Principles™ – children could be asked to reduce it, change it, assemble it, add to it, arrange it, sequence it, classify it… the list goes on and on.”

Extract from The Magenta Principles™ by Mike Hughes