20% Time within schools seem to have been remarkably successful and thought-provoking. I've received a plethora of emails on the issue and have had many teachers/educators enquiring about adopting it in their classroom and ethos. The great news is that these enquiries have been from teachers all over the UK (with a few from the US too) concerning different ages of children, and not just Primary either. There is also an article appearing in Teach Primary magazine soon - keep an eye out!
My proposal is simple. Be brave and try out 20% Time in the third term of this academic year (you need to know each child as an individual learner for it to be effective, term three or four has usually allowed enough time for this). Upon returning from Christmas, your children will receive the greatest gift that a teacher could give. Really.
But you're not alone. I have provided support material personalised for each case, taking into account the age and needs of the learners. I am happy to continue to do so and offer talks, presentations, meetings or further support, again, tailored to your needs. Don't feel restricted if you live outside of the UK either. Let's get this global.
I'm still learning about 20% Time. So are other educators. So are Google. Learning is life, right? This is your chance to get involved and show that intrinsic motivation and interdependence can create something very special indeed. You'll not believe the results.
Go on. Try it.