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Philip Bujak has a dream. The chief executive of the Montessori St Nicholas
Charity hopes that one day every state primary school in the country will
have a Montessori teacher on their staff. But with only five state primaries
using Montessori practices in the UK, he knows he has a mountain to climb.
"It is an accident of history that Montessori schools are private in this
country," he says. "Anyone who knows anything about Montessori
will tell you it's not just for the private sector. It's a method of
teaching that should be available to all. We were founded in the slums of
Rome: the Montessori method works best with children who want to learn, who
are not necessarily in a place to be able to learn."
Pioneered by the Italian physician Maria Montessori in 1907, the method gives
children the freedom to learn at their own pace and to choose topics that
hold their attention. It is popular in Scandinavia and in the US, and is
usually applied to children under six. There are 631 registered private
Montessori primary and nursery schools in the UK – but Bujak is keen to
shatter the perception of an exclusive club.
He has started a number of initiatives to bring Montessori back to its roots,
one of which seeks to help practitioners to develop their careers outside
the private sector. The organisation began a two-year foundation degree last
September, validated by London Metropolitan University. On completion, and
after a six-month, full-time teaching placement, students can join the third
year of London Metropolitan's early childhood studies BA (Hons) course, with
access to Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) and Postgraduate
Certificate in Education (PGCE) programmes.
"Many teachers want a life-changing experience and come on to the course
to convert to Montessori," says Bujak. "We also wanted to try to
improve the skills of our own workforce, and we wanted a qualification
accepted in the state sector that would allow them to work in a state
primary. We hope eventually that state schools will go out and advertise for
a Montessori teacher, so that each state primary can have one Montessori
specialist on staff."
Gorton Mount primary school in Manchester is in one of the most deprived areas
of the country. It is characterised by "unemployment, high crime rates
– especially amongst the youth population where gang membership is high",
according to the school's own assessment.
As she opens a drawer to find a piece of paper, the first few items
headteacher Carol Powell sees are two toy pistols. "We confiscate them
and don't give them back," she said. The school doesn't want its
children to associate with guns, even in toy form, because of where it might
Against this background, Ms Powell embarked on her vision for the future,
throwing out the traditional methods ofand becoming the first
state school in the country to convert to the "Montessori method".
Montessori state school planned for London by 2012
Mr Bujak hopes the school will open in 2012
The first state Montessori primary school is planned for east London with the target of opening in 2012.
Montessori private schools, which allow children to design their own study plan, are usually associated with affluent middle class families.
But Philip Bujak, of charity Montessori St Nicholas, which is funding the new school, said it will be free.
The organisation is in talks with two east London councils and hopes to open the school in 2012.
Mr Bujak would not name the councils.
But he said the organisation was willing to spend up to £8m building a school, which it would then hand to the council to run.
In return Montessori St Nicholas wants freedom to run the school according to its educational principles.
Mr Bujak said: "We will do it as soon as we can find a local authority to work with us.
"We are going to open it in an area of social and economic hardship.
"Once it is built it will be funded like any other school, but we will have management of teaching."
Montessori teaching was developed in the early 20th century by Italian doctor Maria Montessori.
In a Montessori classroom, children work largely on their own with special equipment designed to develop their sensory, numeric, language and practical skills.
You may recall that I have been working on the development of a new workplace child care program for Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. We are currently searching for additional staff members for this program…
Bros. Auctioneers recently opened a combined philosophy (Montessori,
Reggio & Traditional ECE) corporate child care facility in
conjunction with the move to it's new premises in south Burnaby August
2009. Our state of the art facility and child care team offer a child
centred, nurturing environment for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and
school age children. They are currently searching for dynamic, creative,
energetic individuals to join our team as Montessori Educators.
Montessori Educator's role is to support the integration of the
Montessori philosophy into the program through the presentation of
materials and lessons to children, role modeling of grace and
courtesies and by providing care in a manner that is consistent with
the overall program philosophy.
Summerside's Global Montessori picked up some nice coverage earlier today via a story in the Journal Pioneer. It is wonderful to see the success this program is having under the new ownership and leadership of Kim Ellsworth. If you live anywhere close to Summerside, Prince Edward Island – this is one of the best places on the Island that you can send your child for a high quality, Montessori based, early learning and care experience.
Here is a quote from the story:
The first thing you notice is the noise – or rather, the lack of it. Compared to the usual din of daycares and kindergarten classes, the
Global Montessori School on Water Street is blissfully quiet. That’s partly because there’s a particular emphasis on the independence of its students. “Parents like that their child has that independence,” said
Montessori’s director and owner Kim Ellsworth. “There’s less structure
and they make their own work for the most part, so there’s more
opportunity to progress individually. It also helps them to be more
independent when they get home.”
I came across the website of Countryside Montessori School today and fell in love with all of their videos. This one shows true interaction between all of the children. The sense of community that exists in this school can be felt through the videos.
So many of the reasons that I love Montessori are in this video! Enjoy!