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ERIC Number: EJ951427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0963-8253
Moving in Darkness: Back to the Future at Crown Woods College
Yarker, Patrick; Benn, Melissa
FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, v53 n3 p421-428 2011
At the end of July 2011 "The Guardian" reported on the recently opened Crown Woods College in Eltham, South-East London. The College had been rebuilt on the site of the previous Crown Woods School with 50 million pounds of funding via the Building Schools for the Future project. Its nine buildings include four "mini-schools", one of which is a sixth form, alongside a state-of-the-art gym, a building for children with moderate learning difficulties, special educational needs (SEN) or visual impairment, and a technology and design centre. Media interest was aroused by the way the College had extended its previous policy of streaming students by "ability". Each mini-school (leaving aside the sixth form) operates separately from the others and is populated by students deemed to be only of a particular "ability". Since each mini-school has its own uniform, Crown Woods College students are effectively identified in public by "ability", with mini-school populations prevented from mixing. "The Guardian"'s headline was: "School Colour-Codes Pupils by Ability". "The Guardian's" report, which generated some 250 comments, was picked up by other newspapers. Elements of the original were reproduced on blog sites and Internet-discussion forums. In an article also published by "The Guardian", "FORUM" board member Melissa Benn took up some of the issues raised by the public funding of a segregated state school. We reproduce that article, along with a piece by fellow board member Patrick Yarker, who taught English at Crown Woods school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)