( nr. 25 ) Verbatim the article in "The News" dated Thursday, September 21, 2006,
titled "Innovative headteacher takes her ideas to Beijing workshop" :
A HEADTEACHER will take radical education methods from Gosport across the world to China to pass her skills to other experts.
Cheryl Heron, pictured, the headteacher of Bridgemary Community Sports College, Gosport, is one of only 100 people to be invited to Beijing next month to attend a workshop organised by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) aimed at exchanging and developing innovative educational ideas.
Bridgemary college is one of 2,900 secondary schools, special schoools and academies in the SSAT network.
Mrs Heron said: 'I feel very proud to have been invited to this event and receiving such an honour.
' I'm very much looking forward to exchanging ideas about teaching and running a school with other heads from around the world, and even bringing those ideas back to Hampshire'.
The headteacher, appointed in 2001, has a history of introducing innovative policies.
She has introduced sniffer dogs to check for drugs and arranged classes based on ability not age.
Inspired by American summer schools, Mrs Heron most recently argued that the traditional school timetable is a century out of date and needs to be more modern and flexible.
She has asked the government if she can introduce a rolling programme of lessons at Bridgemary, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
And her controversial approach has been praised in Ofsted reports.
This article, which I quoted from on Expatica Forum, is missing (!) in the archives of the newspaper www.portsmouth.co.uk . I shall scan the cut-out when a scanner gets operational.