30th March 2000
PROFESSOR LEADS WAY IN SCHOOL CALENDAR DEBATE
As the debate about the five-term school calendar hots up the Lincoln professor behind much of the current research has been touring the country talking to head teachers.
Professor Trevor Kerry, who works in the International Educational Leadership Centre at the University of Lincoln, crossed the country to address audiences of county secondary school heads.
The lectures began in Bournemouth, where a group of about twenty heads and LEA officers attended a talk about the five-term year.
This was followed by a visit to the Kent Association of Heads of Non-Selective Schools in Ashford, where Prof Kerry outlined the research that was conducted last year into the five-term calendar by the Schools for the Future project.
Prof Kerry is at pains to stress that the five-term year is not a panacea for all school problems. “Often innovation in approaches to the school calendar goes hand-in-hand with innovation in other aspects of the management of the school,” he said.
“Schools which think deeply about these organisational issues are often those that have a good grasp of how learning is changing and developing. One thing is certain: schools in the future will be very different from the way they are now - and the future is closer than many people imagine!”
Prof Kerry is now working on a technology-based distance learning scheme for
students working towards GCE A-level examinations.
The International Educational Leadership Centre is to play host in May to educators from the University of Texas at El Paso and from the Socorro School District, which has an alternative school calendar system which replaces the three-term year.
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