Fresh from her announcement at the start of January that she is to step down from human rights campaigning group, Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti visited Bedales School to deliver the third annual Global Awareness lecture on 27 January.
Posted on 28 January 2016
In a recent blog, Bedales chemistry teacher and Huffington Post blogger Dr Scott Charlesworth explains why, despite his academic success, state education failed him, and why he then walked away from teaching before an unexpected return. A boy from a home broken by divorce and raised within the deprivation of one of the UK’s poorest areas, where half the adult population has a primary school level of numeracy, Scott was awarded a PhD from a Russell Group university and went on to teach.
Posted on 14 January 2016
Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst, has received a top award from the UK’s leading gardening charity, the Royal Horticultural Society, in recognition of its school gardening achievements. The school is a member of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and caters for children aged 8-13 teaching subjects such as Outdoor Work and lessons in sustainability. Dunhurst has been a member of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening since 2015. The Campaign is a nationwide initiative that inspires and supports schools to provide children with gardening opportunities to enhance their skills and boost their development. Schools are helped to progress in their garden with the RHS School Gardening Awards, a scheme made up of five levels offering resources and guidance from the planning stages through to integrating the garden into daily school life. Upon completing each level, the school is sent a certificate and prize.
Posted on 13 January 2016
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Mozart and Haydn are set to arrive in Petersfield town in the form of a ‘Classics by Candlelight’ performance by the orchestra, Southern Pro Musica. Widely acknowledged as the leading freelance professional orchestra based in the south of England, Southern Pro Musica has been providing first-class professional support for choral societies in the area since 1991. The orchestra has worked closely with students from Bedales School to provide opportunities for solo and ensemble master classes as well as concert platforms on which Bedalian singers and instrumentalists can perform alongside professional musicians.
Posted on 08 January 2016
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In the most recent issue of the TES (Times Educational Supplement), Bedales Head of Academic Enrichment Clare Jarmy argues that identifying some students as ‘gifted and talented’ does an educational disservice to all, and proposes some alternatives. The use of terms such as these, she observes, encourages us to think of ability as fixed – that some have abilities that others do not. It is true, of course, that some students may be more advanced than others at particular points in time, and may need challenging and stretching in particular ways. Rather, Clare Jarmy is concerned at the implication that some are innately talented whilst others are not – a thesis that runs counter to the tenets of ‘growth mindset’.
Posted on 06 January 2016