On Friday 16th November John Redwood MP visited Bohunt School at Arborfield. He met with the headteacher Jen Comber to hear about the progress of the sixth form planned to open in September 2025.
John enjoyed a tour of the classrooms seeing a range of lessons. John then had a meeting with young leaders from the School Council.
John said: "It was good to see the school with plenty of motivational phrases on the walls urging young people to try things out, to contribute, to have views and to get involved. The pupils were working from iPads with teachers having access to individual iPads to help, to see how they are getting on and to mark.
"The School Council members said their big issue had been the wish to have flexibility over the wearing of jumpers with their uniform. They had sounded out fellow students through on line questionnaires, had presented a case for reform to the headteacher and reached agreement with teachers.
"I asked them about the use of artificial intelligence in learning. I argued that trying to get AI to do the work for you cheats yourself, as you need to master the material and know how to provide an answer. I also argued that good use of computers can help with learning as it does with subsequent work. It appeared there was not much use of CHAT GPT or the equivalent.
"I also asked about outings, overnight trips, sports and the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. It was great to hear how these additional activities are enriching the students' school experience.
"I wish them all well and was pleased to see positive approaches to what their school offers."
Pictured are John Redwood MP and headteacher Ms Jen Comber.