With many teenagers who are disappointed about school lives and employers who are dissatisfied with the fact that graduates were not ready for work, a call for innovation in UK schooling is rising. After several hundred talks with kids and educators and parents and employers, and exploring the academic research, it was found that non-cognitive skills are important as well as cognitive skills. The Young Foundation which has made remarkable work in education field then comes out a new idea for studio school.
A studio school, funded by public money but run independently, is a concept originated from Renaissance period which means to learn from work and to practice in real-life instead of sitting in classroom. Each student is accompanied by a coach or a teacher and a regular business timetable is required. Pupils here learn by doing and learn by working in a team, which is different from traditional mainstream and turns out to be a nice try. At first, they put into practice in Luton and Blackpool, although the process was full of wrong doing, students loved it and two years later, pupils who are in the lowest level made significant progress in terms of GCSE`s.
Geoff Mulgan, the statesman said that the spread out of studio school is rapid and even without any media coverage. Through word of mouth, next year may have 35 schools open across England and 40 other areas may want to have their own. What`s more, even the minister of education down south in London himself is a “big fan”. At last, the speaker admitted that the studio school is not so perfect at present but will go further in the future and social help is also needed.