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Local parent in UK: Maharishi School has a track record
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29 December 2011
Yet another article about the planned new Maharishi Free Schools in the UK appeared in local press recently. Based on the success of the first Maharishi Free School in Lancashire, two new schools are planned, in London and Suffolk. This article, from the East Anglian Daily Times in Suffolk was very positive, featuring quotes from supportive parents and teachers involved in the school.
The article began by describing just what a free school is.
'Free schools are state schools, inspected by Ofsted [the government's Office for Standards in Education], but have more freedom and flexibility over the length of the school day, the curriculum' and how they allocate their resources. Open to all children, free schools are nonprofit, 'with all funds raised going back to improve education for pupils'.
Next the article briefly described what the new Maharishi Free School in Suffolk would offer.
'The school describes its ethos as providing holistic development for all pupils, eliminating stress and improving the school's atmosphere by creating a happy, focused and orderly learning environment.'
It includes a quote from Barry Spivack, a parent and supporter of the Suffolk school.
Mr Spivack said, 'One of the key things, unlike a lot of free schools, is that the Maharishi School has a track record. It's been going for 25 years in Lancashire and is academically non-selective, open to people of all backgrounds.
'Its GCSE results are in the top 2.5%.' [GCSE is the General Certificate of Secondary Education, an important exam taken by all students in the UK to complete the first stage of secondary education.]
Headteacher Derek Cassells from Maharishi Free School in Lancashire was also quoted in the article. He talked about the changes seen after implementing the Transcendental Meditation Technique in schools.
'Students have testified to the effectiveness to these techniques in both promoting academic excellence and improvements in behaviour,' he said. 'That's a fantastic thing for any school, but there are also other benefits, benefits outside of school and beyond. If we want children to do their very best then they need to develop creativity and intelligence, an excellent basis for further study and future life. The quality of students' awareness is fundamental to successful educational outcomes.'
Mr Cassells concluded, 'Based on what I've observed with thousands of pupils and dozens of teachers in the past 24 years, it is clear that Consciousness-Based Education is unique in its effectiveness in systematically developing the mental and physical potential of every student.'
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Encouraging progress in quest to open new Maharishi Free Schools in England
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