A 21st cen­tury ed­u­ca­tion

EADT Suffolk - - 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.

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