Teaching is not telling but helping to find out

JH Badley new call-out

Happily Dunhurst assemblies mark my Thursday mornings: this week we were learning a song (which will remain a mystery until unveiled in all its glory), but last week Block 2s and Head of Art Stephen York presented their inspiring quotations which they talked about individually and which now emblazon the school walls in colourful poster form. As you would expect, all were presented with a good degree of individuality – top accolade to Carter C whose was delivered whilst to-ing and fro-ing on a monocycle.  Most memorable maxim for me was Einstein’s “Creativity is intelligence having fun” which now greets you on the right as you come into reception..

With Badley Weekend kicking off tomorrow and with the Chief’s sayings very much in my mind in advance of my Badley Jaw at Dunhurst tonight, here are some gems from his Notes and Suggestions for new staff joining Bedales in 1922: referring to the school community he talks of the “feeling of comradeship and cooperation”, but warns against colleagues who think that they can turn a blind eye – “eternal vigilance is the price of freedom”. Punishment “must satisfy the child’s sense of justice and give him the feeling of a new start”.  More generally: “.. we shall do more by encouragement and the stimulus of example”.  “Teaching is not telling but helping to find out.” And finally: “I know that the happiest work is done where there is felt to be freedom.”


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.