Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Is this the future?

From Change Agency by Stephanie Sandifer
Pay very close attention — to this…

Knowsley Council in Merseyside, which - for years - has languished near or at the bottom of exam league tables, has abolished the use of the word to describe secondary education in the borough.

It is taking the dramatic step of closing all of its eleven existing secondary schools by 2009. As part of a £150m government-backed rebuilding programme, they will reopen as seven state-of-the-art, round-the-clock, learning centres with the aid of Microsoft - which has already developed links with one school in the borough, Bowring.

The style of learning will be completely different. The new centres will open from 7am until 10pm in both term-time and what used to be known as the school holidays. At weekends, they will open from 9am to 8pm.

Youngsters will not be taught in formal classes, nor will they stick to a rigid timetable; instead they will work online at their own speeds on programmes that are tailor-made to match their interests.

Hat tip to Stephen Downes for pointing to Graham Atwell’s post about this development. The original news item is here.

This will definitely be something worth watching — and worth paying very close attention to…
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Kelly Christopherson said...

I don't know if this is the future but it sure is interesting. It will be interesting to see how things work here and what happens with the learners. Definitely something to keep an eye on!