While working on our School improvement strategy I had a few challenges to face. Our school decided to go back to our traditions and we started in the hostel by reapplying stricter rules and guidelines, while establishing trusted routines. The current generation of learners now feel that it is cruel.
Are having high expectations of achievement and behaviour in learners cruel? No. They are simply what parents pay thousands for in private schools all over the world. This would mean that any institution supporting sustained and successful learning should be considered cruel.
It should not be that difficult to replicate the success of other schools that already follow this strategy. Our sister school definitely has a long established successful track record. Almost every city in the country already has schools like this, they just aren’t open to everybody. It should be an aim to create a state comprehensive with this sort of ethos in every local authority.
We need to stop accepting that working class kids cannot behave. It really isn’t true. They just need help and support. We need to acknowledge how many schools including our own routinely excuse the unacceptable.
Change is never easy but success is worth it.