A 21st Century school is not something that will simply appear from thin air. Rather, instead, it is an evolution of culture and practice which has developed for years, and will continue to do so. I’ll highlight some of the more obvious drivers that feature in my vision for a 21st Century School:

  • Allow children and young people to develop within the four capacities.
  • Offer a stimulating and engaging curriculum which is personalised and relevant.
  • Commits to lifelong learning.
  • Is flexible and adaptable, meeting the changing needs of society.
  • Is safe, secure, health promoting and inclusive.
  • Is equal and recognises attainment as part of achievement.
  • Is a source of pride and resource for the local community.
  • Embraces partnership working as a core ethic.

I guess the vision is pretty easy to outline, we would all want our schools to focus on these drivers as part of their ambition. What about the outcomes which will assist in delivering that vision? I write down a few here, not an exhaustive list by any means. Feel free to add your own thoughts.

  • Improve the emotional, physical health and well-being of children and young people and those with responsibility for their care.
  • Raise the aspirations of all young people to improve their employment and life prospects.
  • Develop supportive communities which provide opportunities for all children and young people.
  • Achieve better outcomes for vulnerable children and young people and those looked after by the local authority.
  • Remove barriers to learning; raise attainment, educational performance and recognise the achievements of all children and young people.
  • Ensure that all young people can lead safe and secure lives free from unreasonable risk.

Posted by Lee Dunn

Academic Staff University of Glasgow and Author of Science Fiction

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