Keith Budge, headmaster of Bedales School, was interviewed by The Independent about students studying abroad. He said there was a ”discernible increase” in the numbers of student opting for overseas universities - not just in the US but in Canada, Europe and South Africa as well. “We had nine per cent of our students accepting offers from abroad,” he said. “It has been at just above five per cent for about six or seven years. “One student has just had an offer from Oxford to study bio-chemistry but has also had offers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale and Harvard. That trait is something we’re seeing increasingly over the last couple of years. It will be interesting to see what they choose.” Read the full article here.
Posted on 14 January 2015
'Relegating the arts in favour of STEM is a big mistake' writes Keith Budge in The Telegraph. Whilst it is true that STEM subjects are vital, Mr Budge says there seems to be an instinct to promote them at the expense of a wider education: "Whilst it is undoubtedly true that STEM subjects are vital, and I welcome the initiatives outlined by the Prime Minister, I remain concerned about what I see as an instinct to promote them at the expense of a wider education." Read the full article here.
Posted on 18 December 2014
Head of Drama, Phil King, talks about the nature of reforms for drama at GCSE and A-level and questions whether schools 'get' the value of drama. He says: "Although I am heartened by the growing sense that the qualification reforms will retain a significant proportion of non-examined assessment, clarification is needed about what “exam” means. Drama is a subject that exists in live form, and a formal sit-down test may not capture the subject’s value." Read the full article, published in The Guardian here.
Posted on 17 December 2014
'Why art is as important as science': As Bedales hits the headlines with its recent fundraising auction of Tracey Emin and Sir Terence Conran artworks, Bedales’ Head, Keith Budge, argues that an Art and Design education should go hand in hand with a science education… Read the full article, publi
Posted on 14 December 2014
Students from Bedales School, Hampshire, are inviting other schools in the UK to join them in going Blue for Ebola to raise money to combat the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed an estimated 5,000 lives in West Africa.
Posted on 14 November 2014
'Sutton Trust Report strikes a blow against league table culture' By Alistair McConville: "On Friday 31 October, the Sutton Trust published its report What Makes Great Teaching, authored by Professor Rob Coe and colleagues at Durham University. Drawing on over 200 pieces of research, it sheds light on a range of working misconceptions that have insinuated themselves into our national understanding of what teaching should be." Read the full article, published by HMC, here.
Posted on 14 November 2014
Kirstie Allsopp reminisces about her time at Bedales and recalls her favourtie teachers, read the full article here.
Posted on 12 November 2014
"Are we witnessing, if not facilitating, the death of intuition in teaching?" This is a question teachers are beginning to ask themselves as what and how they teach are increasingly monitored and controlled. And it is an issue that Alistair McConville, deputy headteacher at Bedales School in Hampshire, tackles in the 7 November issue of TES. “The modern obsession with evidence-based practice and measurable outcomes is blurring the purpose of education and undermining authentic and laudable motivations for entering the profession," he writes. "What scope is there for such intangible factors as spontaneity, creativity or relationship-building in teaching today?” Read the full article here.
Posted on 06 November 2014
"It is worrying to see the persistence of some damaging beliefs about effective pedagogy, such as the belief that it is important to teach with a pupil’s preferred learning style in mind, which leads to teachers pigeon-holing students and perpetuating a fixed mindset about how they can or cannot learn." says Bedales' Alistair McConville in The Guardian. Read the full article: 'What makes great teaching? – expert views'.
Posted on 31 October 2014
100 years to the day that he completed his first poem, celebrated war poet and Steep resident Edward Thomas is to be commemorated.
Posted on 24 October 2014