Building on 400 Years of Academic Innovation

Deputy Master of Dulwich London answers some questions about the schools heritage.

by SHFamily | Fri, December 01, 2017

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We recently spoke with Dr Cameron Pyke, the Deputy Master of Dulwich London about our school heritage. In this interview, Dr Pyke reflects on our 400 year history of academic innovation and the very bright future for our international family of schools.

Dulwich College has a 400 year history of academic rigour and innovation in education. What have been the historial highlights leading to Dulwich College's educational success?

Firstly, the entrepreneurial streak of Edward Alleyn, our Founder. He was by no means a conventional figure, given his colorful career as an actor-manager and his wish, at the end of his life, to give back to society, through education, as thanks for the gifts and the commercial success he’d been given. I see this willingness to grasp opportunities, whilst never losing sight of the privileges one has been given, and the community of which one is a part, as core to the ethos of Dulwich College.

Secondly, the educational vision of Canon Carver, the Master who presided over the re-founding of the College on its present site in the second half of the nineteenth century. Carver thought it vital that, in addition to the traditional public school curriculum of Classical subjects, the new College should embrace practical disciplines such as Medicine, Science, and Design and Technology. That’s why the College has always excelled in both Humanities and Sciences and strongly favoured interdisciplinary approaches.

Finally, as the world has become a smaller place over the last century, the College has instinctively looked outwards: through its boarding community and, since 2003, through the growth of the Commonwealth of Schools. This also partly reflects the particular heritage of London as a world city and commercial hub, which Alleynians have always embraced enthusiastically.

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Dulwich College has a history of being progressive in curriculum development; one of the first schools to introduce a science curriculum, one of the first schools to introduce a systematic Mandarin curriculum. What's next on the horizon for the Dulwich family of schools?

I am excited by the continued focus on providing a first-class holistic education and a range of opportunities for all students. If I were to highlight three specific areas of innovation, they would be:

  • the development of all aspects of wellbeing (including digital safety) as core to the school curriculum;
  • the innovative thinking regarding closely linking the teaching environment to student outcomes at primary school level;
  • and the inaugural Tech Expo 2018 at Dulwich College Beijing in January 2018, which will consist of three days of team work and hands-on interdisciplinary learning.

We are also excited by the continuing development of free learning, that is learning outside the classroom, often across subjects.

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From London to Shanghai, and across the world. What does Dulwich College see as the biggest benefit of a global network, and does it really impact students' everyday lives?

All of our students are very busy and one of the advantages of technology is that they instinctively think internationally. Certainly a commitment to internationalism through the Commonwealth of Schools gives all students a sense of being part of something bigger. Last January, for example, when our School Captain and two Vice Captains attended the leadership Conference in Shanghai and worked collaboratively with their opposite numbers, in their discussions, and their identification of action points, they became greater than the sum of their parts. There are, of course, many other positive ramifications of a global network, not least that staff appreciate that they are part of the Dulwich family and can share in a wider network of professional advice and support.

Dulwich College is known for strong academic results. How do you maintain that level of quality and consistency across all of your schools?

Through a shared commitment, through partnership, to the highest standards. The DCI Directors of Schools work very closely with the Head teachers of the individual schools to ensure the best possible outcomes for the students. In addition to that, I or a fellow Deputy Master from London inspect each of the schools once every year to gain reassurance that a first class holistic education is being provided: I meet a variety of staff, students and parents and produce a formal report for DCI. Finally, the Heads themselves and the DCI team devote a considerable amount of time to recruiting first-class teachers and organizing an extensive induction programme to ensure a full understanding of what a Dulwich education entails.

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Grit. There is a popular view that education needs to be more "gritty" and prepare children better for the "real world". What is your view, and how do Dulwich schools prepare students for life beyond the classroom?

What I think a school can do is to develop a student’s self-knowledge and empathy towards others, together with a versatile skill set and a life-long love of learning. These elements grow through the formal academic curriculum, but also through each school’s co-curricular programme and pastoral and counselling programmes. In this sense, a good school provides both roots and wings. The fact that Dulwich students proceed to such a wide variety of universities and careers, and fulfil their potential there, is indicative of the real partnership at school between students, teachers and parents which I see in the schools when I visit.

What are the qualities that define an exemplary Dulwich student, and might those qualities differ between Dulwich College and the international colleges?

I value the great variety amongst Dulwich students, in their interests and enthusiasms. What I think they have in common is that they are inquisitive, open to learning from others and (in the broadest sense) creative thinkers. I think these qualities are shared, though I also value the fact that the Dulwich schools have – through their international and local contexts – developed a distinctive identity in their own right, which is entirely complementary to what we are aiming to achieve in London. I learn as much from the students in one of the Dulwich Schools overseas as I do from my own students in London. They also share a healthy sense of humour

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建基于400年的创新学术

和德威敦的承,在最近和Cameron Pyke博士的采访及学校史的话题。此次采访中,Pyke博士回了我校400年的学术创新并展望了国学校大家庭的美好未来。

德威学校拥有着400年学术严谨和教育创新的历史。是什么样的历史原因让德威学校的教育成功?

首先,是我们的创始人Edward Alleyn的创业精神。他并不是一个传统的人物,因为作为演员经理的他有着丰富多彩的职业生涯,在他一生的最后,他希望通过教育回报社会,感谢他的天赋和商业上的成功。我把这种把握机会的精神,同时铭记自己曾被赋予的殊荣,以及作为社区的一部分,这都是德威公学精神的核心。

 

其次,Canon Carver的教育视野,他是在十九世纪下半段重建现时学校校址的大师。Carver认为,除了传统的公立学校古典科目课程之外,新学院应该接受如医学、科学、设计和技术等实用学科,这一点至关重要。这就是为什么我们学校在人文和科学方面总是出类拔萃,并强烈主张采用跨学科的方法。

 

最后,由于世界在上个世纪开始已变得更小了,学校本能地通过它的寄宿社区,从2003以来,通过联邦学校一直向外发展。这也部分地反映了伦敦作为世界城市和商业中心的独特的文化遗产,这正是Alleynians一直热烈拥抱。

 

德威学校有着课程发展进步的历史;是第一批引入科学课程的学校,第一批引入系统的普通话课程的学校。德威学校的下一个方向会是什么呢?

 

我对继续致力于为所有学生提供一流的整合教育和不同的机会感到兴奋。如果我要突出三个具体的创新领域,它们是:将全方面的健康发展(包括数字安全)作为学校课程的核心;以创新思维模式把小学阶段的教学环境与学生学习成果结合;以及将于2018年1月在德威北京分校举行的2018首届科技博览会,这将包括三天的团队工作和跨学科的动手学习。我们也对自由学习的持续发展感到兴奋,那就是在教室外学习,通常也是跨学科的。

 

从伦敦到上海,以及世界各地,德威公学认为什么是全球网络的最大益处,这确实会影响学生的日常生活吗?

 

我们所有的学生都非常忙碌,科技的优势之一是他们本能地进行国际性思考。当然,通过联邦学校致力于国际主义发展,这让学生们都对这个大网路的归属感。。例如,去年一月,我们学生会长和两名副会长出席了在上海举行的领导会议,与他们的对手合作,在讨论中合活动中,他们团结的力量就远超越了个人的力量。当然,还有很多其他全球网络的正面的影响,特别是员工作为德威的一分子,他们可以在更多的网络上得到更多的专业建议和支持。

 

德威学校因强大的学术成果而闻名。您是如何保持所有学校的质量和一致性水平的?

 

通过共同承诺,通过伙伴关系,达到最高标准。德威国际的董事们与每个学校的校长非常密切地合作,以保证学生可能取得的最佳成果。除此之外,我或一名来自伦敦的副校长每年都会检查每所学校以保证我们提供了一流的整合教育:我会见不同的员工,学生和家长,并提交一份正式的报告给德威国际。最后,校长们和德威国际团队投入大量的时间来招募一流的师资,并组织广泛的就职培训来确保这些老师充分了解德威教育的需要。

 

有一种流行的观点认为教育需要更多的“坚毅”,让孩子们更好地为“真实的世界”做准备。你的观点是什么?德威学校如何帮孩子们做准备,让他们面对课堂之外的生活?

 

我认为一所学校能做的就是培养学生对他人的自我认识和同情心,以及多方面的技能和终生的学习爱好。这些要素通过正规的学术课程培养,但也需要通过每所学校的课外课程,辅导和咨询等各方面。一所好学校既要有根也要有翅膀。事实上,德威的学生继续发展攻读各种各样的大学和从事各式各样的职业,实现自己的潜能,这正表明在我参观学校时看到的——在学校里学生、老师和家长之间真正的伙伴关系。

 

德威模范学生的特质是什么?这些特质可能在德威学院和国际学校之间有什么不同吗?

 

我珍视德威学生的各种各样的兴趣和热情。我认为他们的共同点是他们都很好奇,乐于向他人学习,并且(广义上说)都是有创造性的思考者。我认为这些品质都是共享的,虽然我也珍视这样的事实——德威公学已经通过它们在国际和本地的具体情况,它们都开发了一种独特的身份定位,这与我们在伦敦想要实现的目标是完全互补的。我发现在德威海外学校学生们,与我在伦敦学生当中一个共同点,就是他们同样具备一种健康的幽默感!