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11th July - 7th August 2021


According to the current covid-19 roadmap, all UK restrictions on large events such as ours will be lifted in June, making us confident that our 2021 Open Minds course will go ahead as planned.

This is subject to change in accordance with government guidelines. As such, we will be as flexible as possible should your plans change and will be offering full refunds, including the deposit, on any cancellations up until 30 June 2021. We will also do our best to help students to meet any further travel restrictions that may be in place for those travelling from abroad.

Mobile phones policy

Note this is only a guide, not a guarantee.

Mobile phones policy

Mobile phones have in recent years become an ever-present part of our daily lives. This has brought many advantages for students in education, primarily in having such a wealth of knowledge at one’s fingertips. If used in the right way, this can enrich a student’s ability to think for themselves and to form an ethic of independent learning and a thirst for knowledge.

However, in so many instances they are used as more of a social crutch or a way to separate oneself from social situations that the student may find challenging. Yet, it is just these challenging social situations that offer such a fantastic opportunity for personal growth. They can also be a distraction when out in the wider world and a barrier between the student and their engagement with new experiences. For these reasons, we limit mobile phone use to very specific times. The students find this challenging at first but over time they tend to find the experience of disconnecting a refreshing change, one that helps them to re-evaluate their relationship with technology.

The students will be allowed one hour's use of their phones two to three times per week and once per day at weekends. The specific time of this will be published before the course starts to allow parents to plan their conversations accordingly. We reserve the right to miss a day's use if any changes to the timetable that day requires it.

A digital camera is recommended so that the students can continue to take photographs during their stay and an alarm clock is very useful for telling the time at night.

A POWER BANK, is essential for charging phones during phone use time.

Parents and their children will always be able to contact each other through the Course Director if required. 

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