Secondary teaching: Cappuccino culture for teenagers
In some schools, classrooms are being redesigned to resemble cyber
cafés. Virginia Matthews reports
Published: 01 November 2007
At Colne Community School in Brightlingsea, Essex, the ICT Learning
Centre – despite its 60 or so matt black, flat-screen computers – is
designed to look more like a coffee bar than a secondary school,
according to Mark Thomson, assistant principal.
Yet despite the significant increases in GCSE grades, the better
coursework presentation and what he calls "rising engagement levels
among less motivated pupils" that have followed a £3m investment in
technology, Colne's cyber café is just the start of things.