In his recent Huffington Post blog (Blind Faith: Enough Is Enough! It Is Time We Start Manufacturing Real Change in Our State Education System), Bedales chemistry teacher Scott Charlesworth reflects on his educational journey, questions whether state schools are succeeding in preparing young people for adult life, and dedicates himself to reform of the system. As a child Scott saw state education as his route out of poverty and his model for how he might contribute to society. Despite now being considered successful however, he is left wondering as to the purpose of his schooling – his A grades, he says, did little to prepare him for life beyond the school gates. His school friends had similar stories to tell....
Posted on 30 March 2016
For school leaders, aspiring leaders and sixth form students: Attend a leadership conference with a difference at Bedales School, working in partnership with the TES on 25 May 2016. The event will give delegates the tools and knowledge to be innovative and creative in how they run a school and the confidence to maintain their individuality. Student delegates will be given the tools to prepare them for taking on leadership roles in their schools. Speakers include Sir Michael Wilshaw, chief inspector and head of Ofsted...
Posted on 15 March 2016
In its ‘leadership‘ series, the TES has featured an article by Keith Budge, Headmaster of Bedales, on learning from failure. The article acknowledges the recent government push on developing “character, resilience and grit” in our young people, but questions whether schools – or rather our approach to schooling as a whole – also contributes to the problem of pupil stress and rising mental health issues. The article quotes a recent Demos publication, “Mind Over Matter”, which found that pupils in the UK lose confidence and are less happy as they move through the school system, and are less likely to believe that their teachers think that they will be successful; a third of final-year pupils believe that their school is focused on preparing them to succeed only in exams, rather than in life.
Posted on 14 March 2016