The third episode of The Educators, an eight part series presented by Sarah Montague is scheduled for broadcast this Wednesday 27th August at 16:00 on BBC Radio 4.
The BBC and The Open University have come together to explore the ideas of people whose influence extends from students to governments. Is there a proven model for good schools and teaching? Can potential be unlocked in any student, at any age? Do we value and measure the most important skills? And can children be the best teachers of other children?
This series discusses these and many other issues on a global scale with various pioneers of education.
Episode 3: Tony Little
Broadcasting Wednesday 27th August – 16:00
Eton College in Berkshire is one of the world’s most famous schools. With so many of its old boys having distinguished careers, an Eton education carries the expectation of success.
The school’s name has also become a cultural shorthand for influence, privilege and wealth.
Tony Little became headmaster in 2002. A former pupil of the school, he talks to Sarah Montague about how Eton gets results, and whether there’s anything in the ethos and practice that could apply to all schools.
He believes a British education is uniquely rich and varied, with much of the value being outside the classroom, but fears it is being eroded by an age of measurement. Nineteen British prime ministers have been educated at Eton, alongside notable writers, actors and scientists. Tony Little says it asks something of all the boys there. “If they’ve done it, why not you?”
This episode will also be repeated on Monday 1st September at 00:15
If you missed the previous episode you can still catch up:
Take a look at The Open University’s Education, Childhood and Youth prospectus for details on courses and qualifications surrounding this subject, and has particular relevance to:
There is also lots of content in connection with the series and relevant subject areas on OpenLearn. Find out more now
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