Learning World Summary: How does the Free Schools government initiative help redraw the British educational landscape? And why are more and more teachers deciding to change jobs?
In this edition, head to the United Kingdom in the middle of the campaign for the legislative. The opportunity for our team to study closely the British education system.
The current British government is behind a controversial initiative: the Free Schools. Establishments of a new kind, funded by the state, but managed autonomously. So how are they different from other schools?
The Canary Wharf Free School was one of the first to open in September 2011. Located in Tower Hamlets, an underprivileged district of London, it stands out at almost every school in the area: 20 students maximum by class, a wide choice of subjects and a longer school day.
Flexibility in the application of the programs and autonomy in the management of the inscriptions and their finances … A freedom of action decried by some, whereas 400 Free Schools have seen or will see the day soon.
Blues of teachers
Despite the great diversity of schools in the United Kingdom, not all teachers find their happiness, resulting in a significant turnover in public schools. What are the challenges faced by these teachers and why do some end up throwing in the towel?
According to a study published recently by a teachers’ union, nearly 40% of newly qualified teachers would leave their posts just one year after their training. At issue: a disproportionate workload and pressure.
On the other hand, program changes and the focus on inspections by the OFSTED – the controlling body of the UK’s education system – would only further complicate their daily lives.
Politics is coming to school
With the approach of the British elections, the schools also enter the dance. The students – like the real candidates – debate and try to mobilize a very indecisive electorate. So, will they do better than their elders? ”
It’s D-Day for high school students at the Catholic School of the Holy Family in London: the one for the big electoral debate before the election. As in real political life, they prepared everything: professions of faith, posters, leaflets, not to mention a concrete argument to rally the maximum number of students to their cause.
A citizen project supported by Martin, one of their teachers: “Many students are very politicized without even knowing it. By organizing this election simulation, I wanted to make the connection between political opinion and engagement in the field. ”
Six parties have the floor: Labor, Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Greens, the independence of the UKIP and the very offbeat party ‘mad crazy monstrous’ … And the resemblance with the official candidates is sometimes bluffing!