Monday, March 23, 2009

Wellington takes on the MYP

Dr Anthony Seldon of Wellington is giving GCSEs the boot and moving to the Internatioal Bacclaureate Organisation's Middle Years Programme, or MYP. Hurrah.

The first five years of secondary school have become much less exciting and interesting than they should be, constrained by the need to put eveyone though boring, unchallenging, tickbox GCSEs at age 16. At least in a well-run school like Wellington, the change to MYP - much more freedom, undoubted quality - should be a delight for staff and pupils.

At last independent schools are getting back to doing things in new and better ways, after years of toeing the government line. This, much more than charity, is what should define them.