An EduGeek 'Free' School - What would you do?
I see that the info on 'free' schools is now available on the DfE website with the first schools due to open in September 2011 (Free Schools - The Department for Education).
Now, as an excersise in planning, let's take up a theoretical example of an 'EduGeek' school. The focus of the school would (obviously) be in teaching real world IT skills to secondary age children. Now, what would those skills be? how many teachers with what experience would we require? The schools in the UK are the most advanced and IT equipped in the industrialised world, but (IMHO) largely wasted as the skills they teach do not refelect the skills that industry would require from techology courses being run there. Pupils we all know often voice their frustration about the lack of courses that actually teach them IT\computer skills that they know they will need. So how would you do it better?