It’s time to break with a secondary school system which has grown out of the Victorian era and is past its sell-by-date. This book proposes a new approach to reform.
Peter Walker argues that we must look again at the symbiotic relationship between our society and the school system. We need different measures of achievement and aspiration if we are to better prepare all young people for life in the 21st century. The book begins by redefining what school is for, then presents 5 elements of a vision for the future of secondary education. Walker illustrates, in three scenarios, how these might form the basis of a future system.
Schooling should have more of an impact on a child's education than their family’s wealth and background. It doesn’t at the moment. Let’s have a different kind of debate about our school system.
Peter Walker has been a teacher and a school inspector, a secondary headteacher in three different schools, and a strategic leader at local authority and national level.
Part One – Making the case for a new direction;
A Lifetime in the system – both feet in the classroom;
A Lifetime in the system – one foot in the classroom;
What a brief historical perspective tells us about our current system;
Faith, race and our changing world;
It’s time to move the cheese – a brief cautionary tale;
Part Two – Five steps towards a very different type of secondary school;
Towards an understanding of how we are all “One among Many”;
Knowing how to be active rather than passive;
Learning to climb the communication ladder;
Learning to develop a spiritual and moral compass;
Grasping the possibility of safety in numbers;
Part Three – Three possible future scenarios;
On building future scenarios;
The intergenerational school;
The apprenticeship for life school;
The school as the village of the future.