The Challenge Of Gorton Mount

Sheila Mcclennon reports on a radical educational experiment.

When head teacher Carol Powell arrived at Gorton Mount Primary School in Manchester, the school was on special measures.

Over the past 18 months, Carol and her staff have abandoned the national curriculum in favour of the 100-year-old Montessori method of education.

Structured timetables have been abandoned and the children work at their own pace.

The results have been interesting for parents, teachers and children alike.

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Sheila Mcclennon reports on a radical educational experiment.

When head teacher Carol Powell arrived at Gorton Mount Primary School in Manchester, the school was on special measures.

Over the past 18 months, Carol and her staff have abandoned the national curriculum in favour of the 100-year-old Montessori method of education.

Structured timetables have been abandoned and the children work at their own pace.

The results have been interesting for parents, teachers and children alike.