The Perfect School?

1 Jun 2015

The Perfect School?

Artist Paul Maheke collaborated with dancer Benny Ord, filmmaker Filip Tulak and Year 6 pupils from Gateway Academy to imagine alternative school futures.

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Imagine there is an island inhabited and ruled only by children, no grown-ups are allowed. The children decide to the build a school, which they will run. The classes will be taught by children as well. Now, close your eyes…

Through collaborative dance, drawings and conversation children reflected on their experiences of primary school and explored their expectations about moving to secondary school.

Using spaces around the school, the young people choreographed and performed short sketches to articulate their feelings about transition. In small groups they mapped out their visions for a perfect school; proposals ranged from smaller class sizes, access to school outside of school hours and more art and music in the curriculum.

The Perfect School?, a classroom game developed from Paul Maheke’s 2015 Moving Up commission will launch in 2017. The game is designed to open up dialogue between teachers and pupils about how school could be better.

Moving Up is a series of workshops in which artists, teachers and children come together to reflect on the transition from primary to secondary school. The project creates a temporary space where children can develop the tools to work together and support one another.

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Paul Maheke with Gateway Academy

Monday, 1st June 2015

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Paul Maheke with Gateway Academy

The Perfect School?

2015

Photograph: Filip Tulak

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Paul Maheke

The Perfect School?

2015

Photograph: Filip Tulak

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Paul Maheke with Gateway Academy

The Perfect School?

2015