Very occasionally I write a post for Thriving (my hat tip for this one), I’m a school governor and also a Fellow of the RSA. The 250 year old organisation for ideas and social action is just opening its first school in Tipton in the Black Country. As I’ve written before I sometimes find myself astonished/cross by how cautious some of our major institutions are about something as important as education. So I’ve signed up to the RSA’s new educational charter (which you can do here). If you sign it this is what you’ll be supporting:
It is the primary purpose of education to awaken a love of learning in young people, and give them the ability and desire to carry on learning throughout life. We need to recognise that education has many aims
Education must nurture creativity and capacity for independent and critical thought.
Young people should leave formal education equipped with the confidence, aptitude and skills they need for life and for work.
Education should help young people to understand how to be happy and to develop and maintain their own emotional, physical and mental well-being.
Every young person has the right to develop to their full potential
Ability comes in many forms and learners need to be supported to enjoy success no matter where their talents lie.
The educational success of learners should not depend on their background. Schools, communities and families must work together to close gaps in attainment.
The curriculum in schools and colleges should balance abstract and practical knowledge so that every learner can access high quality academic and vocational opportunities.
Education should engage the learner with exciting, relevant content and opportunities for learning through experience and by doing.
Education must be a partnership
Learners have a valuable role to play in contributing to the design of their own learning, and in shaping the way their learning environment operates.
The education of young people should be a partnership of schools, parents and the wider community in a local area.
Schools should be inclusive, creative communities which build tolerance, respect and empathy in young people.
We must trust our schools and education professionals
Every teacher should be a creative professional involved in the design of curricula and learning environments, and should be supported and developed to fulfil that role.
Every school should be different, every school innovative and we must find ways of holding them to account for their performance that rewards rather than stifles this creativity.