Growing the person through outdoor work - in New Forest Living Magazine

Posted on 21st April 2016

As well as counting and identifying species as part of the RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch, the children also made more than 200 birdfeeders for their gardens at home. Participation in the project is a good example of the school’s long-standing commitment to outdoor work as an essential part of the curriculum.

Encouraging a connection with nature in this way was central to the mission of Bedales founder John Badley to educate the whole person – ‘head, hand and heart’. Bedales Senior School was founded in 1893 and a prep school was added nine years later. Although Badley’s prescription may appear out of step with current ministerial preoccupations concerning league tables, the global skills race and the ‘knowledge based curriculum’, in decades gone by governments turned to social reformist thinkers such as Badley to shape the direction of national educational provision. As long ago as 1904, government regulations for elementary schools stressed the value of practical work as part of a wider emphasis on educating the ‘total being’ rather than simply imparting knowledge...  with thanks to New Forest Living for permission to publish. View full article here.