‘Trading places: what can we learn from other education systems?’

Guest Speaker: Neil Strowger, Headteacher, Bohunt School – Hampshire

Featured on BBC2’s ‘Are Our Kids Tough Enough? Chinese School’

Constant comparisons are made between education systems. In the UK we have the ongoing debate between independent and state schools. Internationally, the Pisa league tables identify top performing countries.

Educationalists naturally strive to be the best; better results, better facilities, the battle for bigger and better is normal and arguably healthy. But is there more to be gained from the competitive drive than this? Pitting education systems against one another, be it state versus private, one country versus another, or different pedagogical approaches, can be an illuminating and fascinating process for those involved and those observing. 

Recent TV documentaries provided opportunities to see different systems and approaches up close and personal. BBC2’s “Are Our Kids Tough Enough? Chinese School” compared British-style teaching with that of the Chinese. ITV’s “School Swap: The Class Divide” saw an independent school Headmaster with some of his students swap places with their counterparts in an inner-city comprehensive school. A debate held in London in August by The Centre for the Study of Market Reform of Education discussed transferable expertise and contextual realities, with regard to whether the independent schools sector has all the answers for state school improvement.

LSC Education, specialists in recruiting education leaders globally, will be hosting a dinner in London on Thursday 22nd October with guest speaker, Mr Neil Strowger. Neil is Headteacher of Bohunt School in Hampshire, the school at the centre of the BBC2 documentary in which five teachers from China were invited to take responsibility for the education of 50 students for four weeks. Learning together in one class room, the students of mixed abilities were put through a Chinese style education system, with 12 hour days and a stricter learning regime.

The evening promises to be fascinating, offering behind-the-scenes insights into what we can learn from other education systems. What are the pitfalls and what are the opportunities? The discussion will undoubtedly be a lively one.  

If you would like to join us for dinner on 22nd October in London, please email edward@lsceducation.com for an invitation. Places at this event will be limited.

1 Lombard Street, London, EC3V 9AA


Drinks Reception 6.30pm,

Dinner and Discussion 7.00pm – 10.00pm