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.