Offering 0pen and Honest Professional Advice
Educating Drew - Harrop Fold School Channel 4 Program-
Accepting that children would have been aware of the television cameras, this program provided a fascinating insight into the problem that exists at the pit face of a secondary school. Dylan Wiliams, educationalist, contends the easiest way to find a high performing school is to find a nice leafy suburb. Harrop Fold School was clearly not one of them. Drew Povey claimed it was once viewed as worst school in England!
The series and head masters book 'Educating Drew" illustrates what lies behind the political rhetoric, what happens in schools at grass roots level. It is very easy for politician's to assert what should be done when they do not have to face the effect upon children in socially deprived schools.
Interesting Drew claims that children of generally low learning potential would be better of in doing a G.C.S.E. in sports studies that they would be able to do well in than in French, where they will be likely to get a D in. Children are human beings. They do not like failing.
Drew should not be accused of having low expectations because he accepts that all children do not have expectations have the potential to reach the highest levels of attainment.