Human Scale Schools

How do you introduce a sense of belonging to a vast modern school? Can small schools be amalgamated into a larger establishment? Do smaller schools miss out on bigger opportunities? These and other questions are pondered.

There are 5 videos in this series.

15 mins Small by Design
Professor Ted Sizer describes the beginnings of the small school movement in America, focusing on Boston, and outlines its core principles.
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15 mins Small School in The Big Apple
Urban Academy has just 150 students and is one of six small schools in the Julia Richmond complex, New York. Ann Cook, co-director, explains how it operates and what they do to appeal to young people.
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15 mins This is Our School
Bishop's Park College in Clacton-on-Sea is divided into three schools, with school leaders, staff and students all benefiting from a personalised approach.
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15 mins A Sense of Hope
Headteacher John Matthews speaks frankly about Brislington Enterprise College's struggle to cater for every child and the poor state of the school's buildings.
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15 mins Big vs Small
Discover how headteacher Jon Whitcombe has created the feeling of a small school within the second largest school in Kent.
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