From Tony Blair to Free School - leap or logic?
10 Mar 2012
I'll be chairing the annual National Education Trust Lecture this week and - living up to its formidable pedigree - the charity has once again netted a fascinating speaker. This year's lecturer is Peter Hyman, former Downing Street policy advisor and scriptwriter to Tony Blair and now founder of a potentially highly innovative Free School.
His brainchild, School 21 (so named as a school for the 21st century), is due to open in September in the London borough of Newham. It promises a very different approach to the traditional model offered at the Free School founded by his political opposite, Toby Young, which is characterised by school uniform and Latin lessons.
School 21 will move away from the traditional timetable and discrete subjects and will offer a mix of lectures, seminars, individual coaching and more project work. Assessment will be non-traditional too. More at the school's website: www.school21.org/
Will it work? And how will Peter defend his support of a policy initiative that has come from his former political opponents?
To hear more about Peter's plans - and his transition from Downing Street to classroom teacher - come along to the NET annual lecture (there are still a few places left) at the Inner Temple in central London on Wednesday 14h March. The lecture is free and refreshments are provided, but booking is essential. More details, and booking forms, at the National Education Trust website.