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.
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.
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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