11 July, 2013
Having decided what I want for education and children, I would like my school to be the place that delivers those things-
A school where children look forward to the day ahead.
A school where children are valued, and the children know it.
A school where the priorities are the needs of the children, the needs of the children and the needs of the children.
A school where the staff recognise the huge impact they can make in changing lives.
Some of these ideals would be delivered through the staff working in the school, others would be people from outside the school delivering these ideals.
Something I would love to improve is the quality of the buildings we make our children learn in, and their upkeep. In September of last year we were lucky enough to visit citizen M. Everyone (adults and the children we visited with) agreed that it was a fantastic space with wonderful seats, whiteboard walls you can write on, air conditioned work rooms, lots of glass for viewing other areas. These spaces have been designed by architects with the user in mind. School buildings are rarely like this. Chairs are uncomfortable , lighting is poor quality strip lighting, books are sometimes old, technology is often outdated (McDonalds and buses have open wifi before schools!!). When work in schools is completed it is rarely done to a standard we would wish for our own homes, and the main (only?) factor to be considered is cost, not user satisfaction. I wonder how many teachers in schools have thought about approaching a worker in school to ask about doing some work for them out of school?
These ideals sound very distant and a bit of a pipe-dream. If weren’t for the fact that I drive past 4 such schools every morning on my commute I might think so too.