Exercise books are ‘old fashioned’ and paperless schools are the future, leading headmistress says – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: January 12, 2020 at 2:43 am

Exercise books are old fashioned, a leading headmistress has said as she urges schools to follow her lead and become paperless.

Children need to be prepared for the future, not for the past, according to Kathy Crewe-Read, head of the 14,000-a-year Wolverhampton Grammar School.

Since most offices are now paperless there is no reason why schools should not emulate this approach, she said. Pupils at Wolverhampton Grammar School aged between nine and 14 now use iPads in every lesson rather than exercise books and textbooks.

We are trying to prepare our students for a distant future where, ultimately, writing and reading might be a thing of the past, Mrs Crewe-Read told The Telegraph.

Everything is stored digitally on iPads, nothing is lost. Science experiments and class discussions can be filmed and recorded digitally.

Pupils can write digitally or type on their iPads too. All worksheets are on the iPad at the press of a button. There is no handing out books or sheets of paper, nothing can get lost.

Every student has one universal exercise book just in case they wish to write in the old fashioned way, the headteacher said. But even then, the pages are photographed and stored on the iPads.

Mrs Crewe-Reed said that all schools could benefit from going paperless, adding: A lot of schools are still delivering education in the same way we received it.

But the world has changed and is changing really quickly. We need to be looking towards the future.

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