It is one of the biggest existential challenges facing the education sector. In an era when disruptive technology makes it impossible to know what sort of world our young people will live in, how can schools prepare them if the old certainties no longer hold true?
This is a challenge that Latymer Upper School has met head-on, developing a new learning strategy that is designed to help its students flourish in tomorrow’s world.
The strategy encompasses a global curriculum through which all Year 7 and 8 pupils study coding, computer science, Mandarin and Spanish, and a “global goals” course for Year 9 that examines the 17 United Nations sustainability goals.
The judges were especially impressed by the school’s efforts to support its staff as well as its students, as encapsulated in an award submission that one judge found “exciting to read”.
The school wrote: “Rather like university dons, our teachers now have protected time for professional development and study for further degrees, as well as the opportunity to engage in action research overseen by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.”
The judges said: “Latymer Upper School’s new innovative learning strategy makes the school a worthy winner of this category this year.
“With a focus on learning and scholarship, promoting the habits of heart, head and hand, and with dedicated time for teacher learning, coaching and action research, the school has developed a well-thought-through and comprehensive strategy, which has been carefully evaluated to ensure even greater impact on student learning. Well done!”