Meeting of minds

Stimulating talk to Bedales teachers by Professor Bill Lucas of The University of Winchester and the Expansive Education network of schools invites reflection on all sorts of things – most notably on what is described as a capability driven curriculum – in other words, a curriculum which is designed to ensure that students develop a set of characteristics, values and habits that will serve them well in the 21st century.

The best statement of these values comes from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) as summarised below (for more details, see: First steps – A new approach for our schools, CBI, 2012, page 33):

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As Bill points out, it is ironic that the CBI is now to the educational “left” of the government on this. Intriguing also that the curriculum at Bedales, regarded erroneously by some as a place wedded to the unworldly, is so fully in line with the CBI’s vision.

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.