How do we prepare our children for tomorrow?

Our current education system is dominated by grades. A metric by which to compare and judge. We celebrate and justify in equal measure and our curriculum is driven by the outcome. Yet here at the Stephen Perse Foundation the ethos and vision isn’t controlled by the ‘grade’. The animation above serves to illustrate how important it is to put the child at the centre of all decision making and prepare them for the future.

To put the school in context, the average UCAS entrance score in 2013 was A*A*AA and the Stephen Perse Foundation is one of the Sunday Times‘ Schools of the Year. The Sixth Form College also achieved the highest points average in the world at 42.2/45 for the International Baccalaureate. However, the grades aren’t the be all and end all.

The importance of the animation is to convey that a school that ‘performs’ well in examinations does not believe they are the most important thing. An ethos and vision that is crucial to the future of its students is there for all to see. It is a positive example that decisions made in the best interests of the child can navigate through the murky world of examinations and analysis. I’m not for one moment implying that all schools don’t share the same values. Rather that schools who are constantly judged by Ofsted and held accountable to certain criteria will always concentrate on those areas.

For more information about the Stephen Perse Foundation – click here or contact @StephenPerse

Do let us know what you think about the animation, we would love to hear your views.

About Daniel Edwards
Director of Innovation & Learning at the Stephen Perse Foundation schools, Cambridge, UK (stephenperse.com). Interested in global connectivity for all and risk taking in education. Keen to discuss all aspects of learning and digital strategy. Also @syded06 on twitter.

7 Responses to How do we prepare our children for tomorrow?

  1. parra67 says:

    Really clear and refreshing and hit where I believe we should be aiming with education. Just a shame that the animation didn’t appear to attempt to give a nod even to the diversity of UK society.

  2. Peter Smith says:

    Superbly presented video and message. This school is clearly embracing the technological revolution and responding to its challenges and opportunities. Bravo! I look forward to hearing more about how they work with others around the globe to foster global citizenship and collaboration.

  3. rthompson1020.rt@gmail.comled in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 course at the University of South Alabama. In this class we are learning the different types of educational media and how it can help future educators like myself in the education field. I agree that the children should be at the center of all educational decisions so that they can be better prepared for the future.
    I will be summerizing my visits to your post on my blog by midnight on Feburary 2. I look forward to hearing more about your views on education.

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  6. Leanna says:

    I agree with you about how the education has changed so much. I also that the criteria that the kids have to meet is very high to move on to each grade level. I really liked your blog post :)

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