Bedales and the love of learning
What is the purpose of education? Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales Schools, raises this question in the latest issue of Beautiful South magazine, and outlines the Bedales response.
“At Bedales, we are guided in our efforts by the school’s founding ethos – John Badley established Bedales as a humane response to the authoritarian regimes typical of late-Victorian public schools. Today, the social context may have changed, but the framing and discharging of our mission requires no less attention.”
Keith continues: “Bedales’ overriding aims are to: ‘to develop inquisitive thinkers with a love of learning who cherish independent thought’ and ‘to enable students' talents to develop through doing and making’. Accordingly, we became increasingly frustrated with GCSEs as dull, narrow and irrelevant, and in 2006 launched Bedales Assessed Courses (BACs) to replace some non-core GCSEs. We continue to innovate with the programme, and this year we launched our new BAC in Global Awareness.”
To read the full article, click on this link (page 41), or download the PDF here, by kind permission of Beautiful South. Read more about Keith Budge here. Keith blogs weekly during term-time – visit his blogs here.