Perse students speak out at international education conference
27 Sep 2018
A panel of Perse students gave school chiefs their verdict on what success means to them at Cambridge University’s Churchill College. The students were speaking as part of the prestigious Cambridge Assessment International Education Schools Conference.
In front of an audience of head teachers and education leaders from across the world, The Perse School panel, made up of seven students from Year 11 to Upper Sixth, engaged in a debate around the conference theme of ‘Creating the Conditions for Success’.
The panel was chaired by CAIE Education Officer Sarah Talbot, who asked the students a range of questions, including ‘what does success look like to you?’, ‘what’s important to you in your schooling and educational experience?’, ‘do you know what you want to do in the future and does it matter to you?’ and’ what should the ideal lesson or best teacher look like to you?’
Simon Armitage, Perse School Assistant Head (Educational Opportunities), praised the students for how they came across and the insights they provided.
He said: “The students focused on success being about far more than just results. In fact, they went further than that and said fantastic results might not mean success at all if the results themselves don’t actually lead to happiness and a sense of achievement.
“One student talked about the importance of collaboration. He said Neil Armstrong didn’t go to the Moon on his own, he was supported by a team, which highlighted the importance of teamwork.
“The students also talked about the value of extra-curricular activities and the increasing importance of wellbeing.
“From what they said, it was clear how The Perse approach has helped them in finding the conditions for success. They felt one of the most important things that a school could do was prepare young people on how they can shape their own future. ”
Photos provided courtesy of Cambridge Assessment International Education