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I still teach, and I always have done as a school leader – it’s vital for me to be in the classroom. Then, when I meet with teachers to talk about changes to the curriculum, it’s from a position of ‘we’ rather than ‘you’; that’s really important to me.
I look at schools through two sets of eyes, both as a professional and as a parent, and I was very happy with EtonHouse’s child-centred learning on both levels. My daughter studies here, so it’s important that the school I go to aligns with our values and our philosophy of education.
I was very lucky that the board of EtonHouse said to me, design your dream school! I had free reign to put into practice what I believe education is about and where’s its going.
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The knowledge economy is dying, and we’re now going into the human economy. We need to be educating for what humans can do and what machines can’t. So, at EtonHouse, we’re looking at the human ability to pick apart problems and solve them, rather than focus on knowledge. You can find the knowledge by going to any website or picking up a book – but it is important that you know what to do with it. I believe that we need to give our students the individual freedom to express themselves and investigate things they are interested in.
I believe in holistic education and, with 14 years’ experience in the International Baccalaureate Diploma, I am convinced it is the best pre-university education on offer today.
The great thing about a new school is that you don’t have implementation fatigue because you are implementing from day one. The challenge is to focus on what’s essential and try not to be distracted by the latest gadgets and trends in education.
The challenge for schools in general is that universities still have an entrance criterion. A child may not be a Grade A student, but they may have contributed to society through community work, they may have a way of analysing a problem, or display critical thinking – and none of these can be measured in a test. We need to move away from the mentality of standardising education and towards individualising education.
At EtonHouse we will focus on what’s important for our children to become a good human being – qualities such as compassion, empathy, sense of responsibility and philanthropy. We want students to realise that you can be successful and you can have a rewarding life without being the next dot.com billionaire or celebrity footballer.
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I’ve previously worked in a school of 2,000 students where it took over 10 minutes to walk from one side of the campus to the other; the only way we managed to control that number of students was to divide it into five separate schools. Here at EtonHouse, I get to know all the students, their families and the teachers – and it takes me just two minutes to walk from one end of the building to the other!
It’s written on our school wall that “students don’t care what you know until they know that you care”. It’s much easier to manage a focus on the student as the individual in a smaller school environment. We are small and flexible enough to offer a range of diverse pathways to students as we don’t have the defined structures of a large school.
I like to write in my journal, do some creative writing, or read a book. I’ve also challenged myself to learn French. I love taekwondo too, it’s a great stress relief!