|'Untitled (From The New School) 4', Acrylic & Paper Collage On Panel, |
30 cm X 30 cm X 112 mm, 2017
|Andrew Smith, 'The New School', Acrylic & Digital Print On Canvas, 2016|
|'Vestige 2', Acrylics, paper Collage, Adhesive Tape, Ink, Spray Enamel & Misc. Solvents On Panel,|
60 cm X 60 cm, 2016
[1.]: 'Building Schools For The Future': The most recent concerted attempt to renew Britain's school infrastructure in recent years. Begun under the previous Labour administration, and continued by the Tories. Many new builds have certainly been carried out - although exactly to what standard is debatable. Some have questioned its apparent role in diverting vast sums of much-needed public money into private hands.
[2.]: Similar to a Teaching Hospital - in that an institution aims to become a centre of excellence in training new teachers at the same time as educating children. Whilst the undoubted pressure-cooker effect of a one-year PGCE-type course still apply, there would certainly appear to be some valuable synergies under this model.
[3.]: Current political orthodoxy decrees that rapidly-expanding consortiums of increasingly autonomous educational institutions should assume the role once played by local government in the provision of state education. The pros and cons of this are complex and way beyond the scope of this blog post. Suffice it to say, cynics might argue that certain business imperatives must surely win-out over democratic or utopian ideals, under such a model - to some extent at least. Proponents doubtless see this as no problem at all.