06 Oct

Traditional Values?

It has been again a busy week. We are at that point in the school year where we just get on with the enormous number of tasks we have to do whilst trying to provide the highest quality of educational experience.

One of my lines that is used when talking to parents of year five and year six children is ‘Traditional values for the modern world’. We have, all this week, lived up to that mantra. We have distributed our Chromebooks to our year seven pupils and that they are delighted with them. We have moved from iPads to Chromebooks as the technology has changed and it is heartening to see so many children, already, using those devices positively, in and around school. The Chromebook feels a more natural school device. It looks more like the laptops of yesteryear and has the facility and capabilities to do more of those traditional laptop like activities. Yet, it retains some of the flexibility and ease of use with which we have become familiar in using our iPads.

We have not forgotten and regularly remind our children about the need to (and this is the ‘Traditional values’ bit) retain those skills that are needed to be successful in this proudly academic organisation and within this increasingly challenging curriculum and exam framework. Children still need to be able to read and write. They need to be able to use a pen, pencil and ruler. They still need to be able to use their scientific calculator, efficiently and correctly. We do not lose these more traditional skills as we add more modern attributes to our way of working.

‘While technology is important, it's what we do with it that truly matters’. Muhammad Yunus

We can make that balance between the traditional and modern. We can give children a whole range of experiences that will prepare them for the world beyond our school. We do understand that we have a responsibility to prepare young adults for the real world: not as an abstract construct or as imagined through the lens of yesteryear.