London, United Kingdom, June 16, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- The online citizen TV station, WORLDbytes, run by the education charity WORLDwrite, has today launched a filmed discussion with school teacher, David Perks, who, along with a group of passionate teachers, is setting up the first science "free school" in East London comparable with the best public schools in the country. Talking to young volunteers, Perks explains that his motivation behind setting up this school is to raise the value of education and subject knowledge and give young people in the East End a real opportunity to succeed. His school is based on the premise that all children, regardless of their ability can be taught to the highest level. The school promises to provide: specialist teachers with a passion for their subject; the English baccalaureate; intensive mornings and practical afternoons and much more. With extraordinary ambitions to open the door to young people in the East End based on ‘line of sight’ proximity to the school, his school will be a first in giving many young people the chance to win a place at the best universities to study science. The litmus test for success, he tells, will be how many of his students make an impact on the world.
Like Perks, WORLDwrite, the charity and its citizen TV station are keen to challenge the ‘aspiration bypass’ currently limiting opportunities for young people in the East End.
WORLDwrite & WORLDbytes Director, Ceri Dingle remarked:
“We do need to challenge the pervasive low expectations many have for young people’s ability to learn and I think David’s project to set up a free school of the highest standards in East London is a great step in that direction. Today, education is too often used to try and tackle all manner of social problems rather than focus on educating children, expanding their minds and transmitting knowledge. The discussion in this report left our volunteers more than a little inspired so WORLDwrite is delighted to announce its support for this unique and aspirational venture. We only wish we could have gone to a school like this ourselves.”
The report “Don’t shout at the telly: The East London Science School” is available to watch on WORLDbytes at: http://www.worldbytes.org/dont-shout-at-the-telly-the-east-london-science-school/
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Notes to editors:
WORLDbytes is a unique online Citizen TV channel featuring reports and programmes created by young volunteers learning to shoot 'on the job'. Its programmes aim to get behind the headlines and promote a people-first perspective on a wide-range of issues. The channel's credo is "don't shout at the telly, change the message on it".
WORLDbytes is run by the education charity WORLDwrite, registered charity number 1060869. The charity champions quality citizen reporting and provides free film training to make this possible. The charity's website address is www.worldwrite.org.uk
WORLDwrite has an open door policy and encourages all-comers to get involved and recognise there are no limits to what's possible.
For more general information, please visit: www.worldwrite.org.uk & www.worldbytes.org