From the headmaster’s office
Challenging the norm is essential for all schools at the start of a new year, says Robin Gainher, headmaster at Beeston Hall School at West Runton
How does it feel a month into the new academic year for schools? Pretty much the same as it always does, I imagine would be the response. Schools are cyclical by nature; what happened last year is similar to what happens this year, save for a few tweaks here and there. Timetables and routines change little in essence; if it works, don’t change it. After the summer break we prepare our classes in the same way, we teach our lessons and take our breaks in the same pattern and we do it in the same old environment.
So, how can schools change the way we operate; do we have a collective will to change or are we generally happy with the “same old same old”?
Herein lies the challenge for schools, particularly those not constrained by legislation and curriculum demands where change comes with conditions. Never before do we as a teaching profession know more about what works. We are an informed profession about how to educate children.
Perhaps, for example, we could do away with homework, especially for younger children (up to at least Year Six) and instead teachers could change what they teach to incorporate the homework they would have set. Homework could be simply to read for 30 minutes. It’s a start.
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