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The Blackboard is extinct

Women in Maths and Science

The Right to strike

GCSE PE What's the issue

25% of the Community Slapped!

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Has education changed for the good or bad?

Survey shows that copying from the blackboard has become extinct 

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Recent education surveys show that students nowadays learn more by discussing with their partners and teachers. However those who went to school in the 1950s and 60s expressed that they learned more by copying from the blackboard.

Research also suggests that pupils learn more when they are trying to solve or create something new that they find intriguing or important they benefit from doing so to do so in a challenging yet supportive environment in which they feel a sense of control over their own education.

Molly, a Year 7 pupil at The Charter School, exclaimed “As new members at The Charter School it is great using interactive learning we think it is better learning this way because you feel you get more involved with the lesson, if you get a question that you have answered on the board correctly then it makes you feel smarter. A young teacher said “the learning was interactive.” this shows that there has been interactive learning for longer than we thought

Overall interactive learning is clearly beneficial and allows the pupils to take responsibility for their education. There has clearly been a move from a passive to an active learner. “Chalk and Talk” is clearly a thing of the past!

Women in Maths and Science

The 7th of March to the 8th of March saw International Women’s Day celebrated at The Charter School with a focus on Maths and Science.  bbc school report

Findings from a recent education survey show that the vast majority of Engineering and Technology undergraduates are male. Historically, women were not permitted to study Engineering and Technology and this means that today women remain underrepresented in these fields. This year, International Women’s Day aimed to encourage our female students to pursue careers in these interesting subjects.

International Women’s Day was celebrated with a day of assemblies. Speakers included a Physicist who studied Astro-Biology; two successful Engineers and a Medical Consultant at Kings College Hospital. Charter student, Jessie 12, commented that the day ‘sparked her ambitions to become a physicist’ because it made her feel positive that she could be successful in this field and also showed her just how many opportunities there are for women to have careers in this field.

Teacher of Maths, Miss Y, told reporters that her inspiration to work in the field of Maths and Science was Marie Curie, the famous scientist who researched cures for cancer. She said that all female students should be encouraged to find a role model in this field and said that ‘whilst there was awareness of girls in Maths in school; it could have a higher profile.’ She strongly agreed that International Women’s Day helped to inspire Charter students.

We believe that International Women’s Day has encouraged young women to pursue their careers in this field. They have seen first-hand that it is possible and now believe that nothing can stop them!

The Right to Strike?

A recent teachers strike has sparked debate on whether these have a negative effect on students’ learning.

A certain percentage of children’s education is taken up by teachers’ strikes, such as one that took place recently on Wednesday 26th of March 2014. This article will discuss the ultimate question about teachers’ strikes: are they good or bad?

The two main teachers unions in the UK are NUT and NASUWT. They both planned to strike on Wednesday, however in a meeting nearer the day NASUWT decided against striking, whereas the NUT union proceeded in their original plan.

A common perception of this is that it is bad for children’s education and can have a negative effect on their later life. A year 10 student quoted; “At my age I believe that strikes can be relaxing yet can have a negative effect on my learning as it is important as it affects my GCSE’s.” This belief is supported by the fact that students either miss out on lessons or are left with a cover teacher, who might not always be perfectly clear on what the students are studying.

An alternative view on this matter is that it is good for children to see people standing up to what they believe is unjust and representing what they think is right. A teacher said; “It sets a good example to children to see adults standing up for what they believe in and making a change”. Some also believe that strikes are a good opportunity for students to catch up in any work they need to complete. A student reports; “I actually spent strike day doing homework which was a good opportunity to catch up on it.” This shows how important this is to students. A large proportion of students agreed that strike days are a good opportunity for them to relax and refresh their brains in the middle of a long term.

The impact of strikes remains undecided until further evaluation. To find out more go to

P.E. GCSEs…What’s the issue?

What is it with P.E. GCSEs? In a survey taken within recent months, evidence emerged that less than 20% of adults who went to secondary school between the 1960s and the 1980s could take P.E. examinations. One source that was asked how much physical education they had a week in those days and he said two hours. So the number of hours participating in sporting activities has not changed although the emphasis was on taking part and team matches rather than studying it in the classroom and taking it as a qualification.

In the 1970s at an all-girls state school in Salisbury, taking P.E. as a GCSE wasn’t even an option for pupils. An outrage I hear you say? Well that it is, but even more of an outrage was that in 2012 at a school in South-East London when schools were selecting their options only three girls chose P.E.! And because so few put it down, the course didn’t run, so not  a single girl in that year from the school has a P.E. qualification.

In previous generations there were a lot more team sports taking place on playing fields. The trouble, now, is that many schools have sold off their playing fields and due to the rising levels of childhood obesity schools are starting to realise the significance of sports for children. However, physical education is taking an upwards turn. Now more and more people aspire to being in the sports industry every day!

25% of the community slapped!

Survey finds that 25% of respondents to our education survey received corporal punishments when they were at school. Reporters have also uncovered that 75% of the community have received detentions as punishments.

The first country to introduce corporal punishment was Poland in 1783. Around the world, most corporal punishment was stopped by 2011. Today, it is believed that corporal punishment, not only harms students physically, but also affects them mentally and makes students fearful of learning.

Reporters were shocked to learn that some of these respondents who had received corporal punishment were teachers in a local school. Mr T was hit whacked with a table tennis bat or slipper and Mrs G used to have a plimsoll thrown at her head if she turned around!

However, we are pleased to report that the punishments today include detentions, isolation and phone calls home. These are much more effective and safer punishments as commented by Callum, 12, who said ‘today’s punishments are much more civilised and they help me learn from my mistakes rather than hurting me’.

We believe that the current way of punishing the students will promote a good learning environment for years to come; one were students are not afraid to go to school.

School Report Groups

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Punishment - Edie (Manager), Iyanah (Assistant Manager), Ruby (Scribe), Luke (Researcher), Kate (Researcher)

PE story - Vita (Manager), Dimitry (Assistant Manager), Livvy (Scribe), Thomas  (Researcher), Alice (Researcher)

Ways to learn - Molly (Manager), Christian (Assistant Manager), Matias (Scribe), Fanta (Researcher)

Strikes - Jessie (Manager), Callum (Assistant Manager), Odette (Scribe), Suliaman (Researcher), Bronwen (Researcher)

International Womens' Day - Jessica, Josh, Thomas, Annie, Liam