The Telegraph is reporting that head teacher Peter Hyman has warned that the intense exam focus is “destroying” education, and advocated project based learning as a potential answer…
Speaking to the Telegraph, Peter Hyman, head teacher at School 21 and former head of communications at Downing Street, said the current assessment system was “completely broken”.
He said: “I think we’ve got into a spiral of panic about standards. The result is a system nobody thinks is conducive to a decent education or getting most out of children or staff…”
He commented: “The written exam as the only method of assessment is just wrong. There’s no other walk of life where you would assess someone’s worth, purely by shoving them in a room for three hours to write down all that they know about a subject.
Mr Hyman jointly set up School 21 – an all-through school – in 2012, due to “ a belief that schools were not preparing children for the world they were going into in the 21st century.”
School 21 recently hosted the REAL Projects Celebration and Exhibition Event, which promotes project based learning that connects subject content to real-world problem solving…
Peter Hyman goes on to sing the praises of project-based learning, a method he has implemented at School 21.
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