Brentwood School Book Club

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The Brentwood School Book Club meets once a half term to discuss current pedagogical issues. Stimulus material is shared through the Teaching & Learning Blog on a weekly basis culminating in a professional discussion of material shared. It is hoped that all colleagues within the school community will engage with the blog and are strongly encouraged to contribute articles/podcasts/TED talks/tweets on their areas of interest.

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Not all schools kill creativity...

At a recent conference I had the pleasure of attending a lecture on the future of education by Valerie Hannon, of the Innovation Unit. Much like Leonard Somner whose article I posted a couple of weeks ago, Valerie made the point that much of our education edifice is well past it’s prime and that education establishments and indeed the government needed to reconsider what the needs of 21st century pupils are and build our curriculum and indeed reconsider the whole structure of schooling around such needs.

Ironically, for this to happen it is us as educators, at all levels of the education structure, who need to have the courage to be creative and embrace the change rather than holding on to the traditional because it is safe and because we have evidence that it works. Valerie gave us an excellent example of how all new things that redefine society are difficult to stomach and see the benefit of, and often we seek security in  measuring progress according to pre-defined criteria. She used the example of the horse and cart; we can busily spend our time modifying the wheels, breeding faster horses, making more streamlined carriages OR we can embrace the car, which when first introduced probably did not seem a sensible option and needed a lot more commitment, tinkering and thinking before it’s benefits over the horse and cart started to become evident.

The Innovation Unit has published a guide to the 10 schools it believes are re-defining education as we enter what they term “the fourth industrial revolution”. I have attached this report below.

I also attach a video produced by School 21, a school based in London, which is redefining the structure of learning within a U.K. context.