The UK education system is changing. Schools in the UK are starting to break its rigid structure, teacher student relationships and forcing students to jump through hoops. Taking inspiration from European schools, especially the forward thinking Scandinavians, these two schools have made huge changes of a controversial nature, but parents are raving!
An outdoor primary school has opened in south London where children spend 95 per cent of their days outside — even in winter.
Worcester Park now hosts a new kind of school, Liberty Woodland School opened last week for children aged 4-11, and is the UK’s first outdoor primary school.
The lessons taught at Liberty are somewhat driven by the core national curriculum, however will be taught via creative projects and “play-based learning”.
Each day begins in a circle around the campfire. Pupils eat lunch — cooked in the Edwardian house that is the school’s official building — on tree stumps, swing from trees, and do art, music and woodwork projects in sheds. Liberty Woodland runs on a four-day week Monday to Thursday, with hours of 9am-5pm and a shuttle bus home for 6pm. The idea is to enable full working days for parents four days a week, and minimise travel time.
A Shrewsbury school has become the first in Britain to scrap holidays and term times – leaving parents to take kids out for six weeks whenever they want.
To become more aligned with parent working hours, the ‘revolutionary’ school has scrapped holiday and term times, instead, they can take their children out of school for up to six weeks whenever they want without facing prosecution or huge fines.
The school was launched by headmistress Jane Smalley last year to make life easier for working parents who are not able to take leave from their jobs. She claims parents can save half of the fees by not having to pay ridiculous flight and childcare costs during the traditional school holidays. Meanwhile, children are also able to enjoy a slower pace of school-life and no homework.
What are your thoughts on these changes to these schools, and is there a need to make these changes in today’s society.