Francis Beckett’s Humanist Conservatoire

September 21, 2010 at 9:20 am Leave a comment

by Alec Patton

Yesterday, in a hospital waiting room, I had the good fortune to stumble upon a Guardian article that was published nearly two weeks ago in the back of G2: Francis Beckett’s vision for a ‘free school’ .

It’s worth reading all of it – he makes some nice points about faith schools (his school, the Richard Dawkins Humanist Conservatoire, would be open to all faiths, and would not require parents to demonstrate subscription to The Humanist), and has excellent ideas for engaging parents in education (‘there will be constant dialogue between parents and teachers, and we will have a system of mentors to make sure that happens’).

In fact, mentors would be the cornerstone of the school:

Every child will have one of our staff assigned as his or her personal mentor – and, crucially, staff will have a reduced teaching load if they take on mentoring. The mentor will remain with the child throughout their time at the school, and the two will be expected to get to know each other very well.

It was especially nice to see the headteacher of a Learning Futures school, Paul Kelley of Monkseaton, make an appearance in the article too.

It’s well worth a read.


Entry filed under: Education & Children's Services.

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