A 21st century education
The world of work is changing at a fast pace and the speed of this process is only going to accelerate. Many jobs, including professional ones, are being automated, while new roles and responsibilities are being created.
Neil Tetley, Headteacher at Woodbridge School, explains what this means for young people today and how his philosophy has evolved to create the kind of education which is preparing pupils to be strong and resilient for a rapidly changing world.
“While academic achievements and results remain important, that may not be enough in the competitive future job market. Therefore, it is vital that young people develop the skills and attributes needed for the modern world. Skills such as creativity, problem solving, leadership and resilience will help to prepare young people for life beyond education. These can be developed through a traditional range of academic and extra-curricular opportunities, but I believe that schools can do more and do better which is why we are adopting a new approach.
“At Woodbridge, we are looking to develop these vital characteristics in a much more explicit way through coaching and mentoring each pupil throughout their life at the school. Our pupils are enriching their education through developing independent confidence, problem-solving and creativity skills as part of the everyday experience at Woodbridge School. They are growing these attributes through activities both inside and outside the classroom. For example, in biology lessons pupils will look at photosynthesis and discuss resilience i.e. what do we do when we are stuck? And in drama, pupils will produce a devised piece and think about the nature of collaboration. It is our belief that education needs to evolve.
“A modern education with a focus on the individual is something we are very passionate about delivering at Woodbridge School. We help pupils to flourish and enjoy their education, whilst discovering and developing their individual talents and exploring new skills. We are very proud of our recent achievements with pupils of all ages flourishing in sports and music at a national level. It is fantastic to see young Year 6 pupils taking their first steps in business with a Market Day, and sixth-form language pupils have recently enjoyed an immersive Spanish exchange trip, living and working in Salamanca.
“At Woodbridge School, we aren’t just ‘doing what we’ve always done’, but adapting while retaining academic rigour to meet the demands that young people will face in 2025, 2030 and beyond.” Woodbridge School is a leading independent school in Suffolk for pupils aged 4-18, which develops inquisitive and resilient young adults who are prepared for modern life. To find out more about Woodbridge School, visit www.woodbridgeschool.org.uk.