|Mrs Saunders, Pudsey Bear, Mrs Labiche and Dr. Rae Sibbitt|
Dr. Rae Sibbitt, from The Cabinet Office, visited the School on Friday to speak about her own educational journey. She'd studied psychology, then computer science, at degree level then went on to do a PhD. Then she worked for the Government researching why children with dyslexia find it difficult to write. Dr. Rae was the person in Government who famously said "class size matters" as, she explained, she'd "wanted to make a difference."
She'd also researched why people commit crime and, in doing this, had visited prisons to look at the conditions in which prisoners live. Dr. Sibbitt then went onto discuss with Yr.6 why they thought people commit crime. Pupils responded in a very mature way.
Q. Why do people commit crime? A. The children's answered that perhaps people are desperately poor, or they just want something without working for it. Yr.6 also thought they might have had a difficult upbringing or have no manners or respect.
Q. What do you think prisons are like? A. Some suggested they were dark places, cramped, damp, crowded, lonely with inmates sad to be separated from their family.
Q. How can we stop people from re-offending? A. Yr.6 felt we needed to teach them skills to get a job; to give them somewhere to live; or to teach them social skills so that they can become good citizens.
By speaking about her interests and educational journey she was able to connect with Yr.6 by asking them about their future aspirations and intended careers. She suggested career routes through University study to achieve their goals. An interesting range of careers were discussed - journalism, filmmaking/directing, politics, campaigning for animal rights, peace-making, and bringing about change through working in Government.
Dr. Sibbitt explained some possible advantages of going to University:
A chance to study a subject you are passionate about
Time to meet like-minded people
An opportunity to engage in the arts and sports and science
Time to grow and mature
At our School we encourage all our pupils to ‘aim high’, to fulfil their potential and to achieve the best they can for themselves, their families and their community. Dr. Rae Sibbitt’s visit was an inspiration to our pupils as well as being very informative.