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Active Learners



A panel of leading practitioners discuss the boy/girl teaching debate, and argue that teachers should experiment with more adventurous and varied forms.

They suggest that active learning is useful for engaging boys, but that it only works if it is academically rigorous and encourages higher order thinking skills. Their view on the boy/girl debate is that the best answer is excellent teaching in mixed classes rather than segregation.

The panel base their discussions around the Follow the Learner series, filmed at Hove Park School in Brighton. They give frank opinions on what they feel the programmes reveal about combating pupil boredom and the degree to which boys need a different education to girls.

The experts are:

  • Corinne Franceschi, deputy head of Gable Hall School and former SSAT adviser
  • Phil Beadle, consultant and author
  • Heather Flint, former headteacher of Waldegrave School
  • Tom Barwood, education consultant
  • Brin Best, education consultant and author
  • Helen Todd, Edison achievement advisor

Published : Sep 2007

15 mins


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