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Breakfast's series: Future School

The Dutch school in the UK
A new approach at the Dutch school in the UK
Technology and new teaching methods are fast changing the way our children are taught.

Since the start of 2007, Breakfast has been looking at the future school.

We've seen how technology has changed the classroom from a room with desks and chairs, to a state- of-the-art space with computers and plasma screens.

New teaching methods involve the children planning their own work and setting their own targets.

  • You can watch all our reports from the links to the right of this page - see below for a summary of each report
  • We'll have more reports in the coming months on Breakfast, and we'd like to hear your thoughts.

    Do you know of a school that has a futuristic or unusual approach to teaching? e-mail us now

  • Sarah Campbell reports on unisex toilets
  • Unisex toilets - are being advocated as the school toilet of the future. According to some charities, they help to cut bullying. Because it's cheaper to have one set of toilets, schools can afford to have an attendant in them. But they're controversial - lots of parents are uneasy about them.

    Sarah Campbell went to Bramhall High School in Stockport to see how the unisex toilets work there. You can watch Sarah's report from the link at the top of the page.

    If you like to know more about those promoting unisex school toilets, please click on the link below.

  • Sarah Campbell reports on the green revolution in the classroom
  • Since we began our Future School series on Breakfast, we've been inundated with what schools are doing in terms of wind turbines, grey water systems, solar panels and other ways in which they're reducing their carbon footprint.

    Breakfast's Sarah Campbell took at look at four schools in the vanguard of going green: Cavehill Primary School, Worthen Primary School in Shrewsbury, Bedwas High School in Caerphilly and Deanburn Primary in Falkirk.

    Cavehill Primary school has solar panels which generate 3000 worth of electricity every year. The school is powered solely by electricity from a wind farm , has a grey water system for flushing toilets and responsive lights which switch off if no one in room.

    School pupils
    Pupils at Worthen Primary School in their Eco-Lab
    At Deanburn Primary, there's a meadow planted by the children.

    At Worthern, the children learn about sustainability in a special eco-lab.

    The government is keen to promote green initiatives in schools and there's money available from the DTI, available for schools to help pay for these types of developments.

    To find out about the low carbon buildings initiative you can also call 08704 23 23 13 or email

  • You can watch Sarah's video report by clicking on the link at the top of this page
  • James Westhead reports from Philadelphia
  • Schools in America are trying a radical new weapon in the fight against childhood obesity.

    Every year they send parents a report on their child showing not only their academic results - but how fat they are.

    It sounds controversial, but the so-called obesity report cards have been made compulsory by several states in America.

    But critics are worried that officially labelling children as overweight will be psychologically damaging.

  • Sarah Campbell reports on the Dutch school in the UK
  • We've been looking at another foreign school's approach to 21st Century learning.

    This time it's a Dutch primary school, but it's not in Holland... it's in Surrey.

    The Prins-Willem Alexander School in Woking is an independent school owned by the Dutch oil company Shell.

    It's pupils come from Shell families and other Dutch families living in the UK.

    It largely follows the Dutch curriculum, and going by exam results its doing very well indeed.

    The key to Prins-Willem Alexander's success is independent learning where the pupils are set objectives and it's up to them to plan and complete their own work within the school week.

    Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning and to work together.

  • Anton Du Beke and dance on the national curriculum
  • Should dance be put on the national curriculum? Back in March we spoke to strictly come dancing's Anton Du Beke, who spoke passionately about the positive effects dance could have in schools.

    After the programme we received an email from a dance group called 'I Love Salsa' who invited us to visit them at a school in London. So we took them up on their offer and we didn't have to look far to find a reporter.

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