Alternative school to promote meditation

Southend Standard: Alternative school to promote meditation for Southend Alternative school to promote meditation for Southend

A PRIVATE school which promotes vegetarianism, yoga and meditation could open in Southend.

Backers behind the venture, dubbed the Epicquest School, are currently searching for a suitable site in the town, with Westcliff believed to be high on the agenda.

They hope the school, which would be open to children aged eight to 18, will be up and running within six months.

The idea is the brainchild of Julian Esposito, a Southend man and teacher with 13 years of experience. Mr Esposito, 37, said he was inspired by his travels to the far east.

He said: “I found the maths pass rate in the east to be far superior to ours - 90 or 95 per cent as opposed to 30 to 40 per cent.

“I looked at why this was so different and I decided it was because of smaller class numbers and their different curriculum. I think ours is far too strict.

“To get away from that you need to come away from Government funding and look at education in a different way.”

The venture will be funded by tuition fees, based on a formula of £50 per subject, per child, per month.

Mr Esposito hopes Southend Council will refer children who have struggled to fit in at mainstream schools to Epicquest

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12:06pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Cosmo Spring says...

good luck with that.
good luck with that. Cosmo Spring

2:29pm Wed 27 Feb 13

perini says...

I don't really mean to be sceptical but if Mr Esposito is targeting 'children who have struggled to fit in at mainstream schools' I cannot see them sitting down meditating whilst munching muesli! Still...I may be wrong!!
I don't really mean to be sceptical but if Mr Esposito is targeting 'children who have struggled to fit in at mainstream schools' I cannot see them sitting down meditating whilst munching muesli! Still...I may be wrong!! perini

3:24pm Wed 27 Feb 13

stopmoaning1 says...

There seems to be a huge anomaly in the story.

“To get away from that you need to come away from Government funding and look at education in a different way.”
The venture will be funded by tuition fees, based on a formula of £50 per subject, per child, per month.
Mr Esposito hopes Southend Council will refer children who have struggled to fit in at mainstream schools to Epicquest

So who’s going to pay for these waifs and strays then. If I were a cynic, I might hazard a guess at good old me the Tax Payer
There seems to be a huge anomaly in the story. “To get away from that you need to come away from Government funding and look at education in a different way.” The venture will be funded by tuition fees, based on a formula of £50 per subject, per child, per month. Mr Esposito hopes Southend Council will refer children who have struggled to fit in at mainstream schools to Epicquest So who’s going to pay for these waifs and strays then. If I were a cynic, I might hazard a guess at good old me the Tax Payer stopmoaning1

9:11pm Wed 27 Feb 13

jayman says...

though I doubt the effectiveness of this proposed educational regime, I would favour anything other then the Tory standard unimaginative, workhouse-esque pattern of thought and policy that blights our educational system.

The Tory plan for deprived pupils or pupils with behavioural problems consists of nothing more then a shed on the outskirts of the town.

The only thing the Tories care about in Southend in regards to education is 'glowing' in the knowledge that Southend has more selective schools that benefit wealthy families then it has comprehensive schools....
though I doubt the effectiveness of this proposed educational regime, I would favour anything other then the Tory standard unimaginative, workhouse-esque pattern of thought and policy that blights our educational system. The Tory plan for deprived pupils or pupils with behavioural problems consists of nothing more then a shed on the outskirts of the town. The only thing the Tories care about in Southend in regards to education is 'glowing' in the knowledge that Southend has more selective schools that benefit wealthy families then it has comprehensive schools.... jayman

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