The Meno Programme
The Meno Programme comprises two series of courses taken from L4 to U5, named Meno and Demos. These courses run on a rotation basis, each course lasting about four weeks, with pupils working in their Tutor Groups for most of them. The Demos courses include those parts of the former National Curriculum in Citizenship and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) which we find valuable, and other essential courses like anti-bullying strategies, healthy lifestyles, and SRE (Sex & Relationships Education). The Meno courses include Information Literacy, led by the Librarian; Study Skills, led by the Head of Learning Support; IT (Information Technology) covering things ilke email and spreadsheets; P.E. and swimming. Significantly, Meno also includes a lot of Philosophy for Children (P4C). P4C is a pedagogical method developed by Matthew Lipman and the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for children at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Our L4 pupils are introduced to P4C methods, and the ‘exploration of ideas’ technique is applied to as many of the Meno courses as possible.
The origin of the name is classical: Meno is one of Plato's dialogues. It is a dialogue between Socrates, the philosopher and mentor of Plato, and Meno, a young Thessalian aristocrat. The Meno is about whether virtue can be taught: by virtue, the Greeks understood physical and intellectual excellence, which gave the ability to take a leading role in politics, in war and in athletics. Norwich School adopted the name Meno for these courses, including philosophy and PE, because the dialogue focuses on the two halves of the whole, i.e. the physical and the intellectual.