By Jack Kenny
Applying scientific method to innovation is at the heart of headteacher Paul Kelley's work. At Monkseaton High School, in Whitley Bay, he constantly questions the status quo and the role of schools, and looks for ways to develop.
One of the first developments pioneered by Kelley was the introduction of degree studies to schools and colleges across the UK in partnership with the Open University. Around 50,000 students have benefited, most of them on science-related courses. Another innovation is degree apprenticeships. Students can obtain a degree while they are at school.