Monday, September 25, 2006

Radically different

Now here is a really radical education experiment - it will be fascinating to see what happens.

A school with one of the country's worst truancy records is to offer 24-hour teaching, allowing pupils to choose when - or indeed whether - they attend.

Classrooms at Bridgemary Community Sports College, Gosport, Hants, will be open from 7am until 10pm and the 1,000-pupil comprehensive will provide online teaching throughout the night.

Cheryl Heron, the head teacher, said her proposals, approved by Alan Johnson, the Education Secretary, challenged conventional thinking on how schools should run. "Why must teaching only be conducted in a classroom? It is possible to teach a child without him or her ever regularly setting foot inside a school.

"We are talking about schools changing to meet the needs of children rather than requiring children to fit in with the conventional school year, which dates back to agrarian times."

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