TVS Academy, Hosur

TVS Academy, a 25-year-old school in the heart of industrial Hosur, has been placing empathic action at the core of their practice. Steeped in innovation, the Academy emphasises ‘possibility,’ allowing students, teachers and parents to think critically about the world and use their skills to become active agents of change. 

Life at TVS

TVS Academy was originally established to meet the need for schools in the underserved community of Hosur, Tamil  Nadu.  In the last two decades, what was once a small, agricultural town, has today transformed into an industrial hub, with considerable affluence. This transformation is however, not without its side-effects. The region has suffered environmental degradation, along with poor social indicators: Krishnagiri district has reported high rates of female foeticide and infanticide in the state. 

This led to the school’s decision to admit students from diverse backgrounds – economic and social. Originally set up for mid-level factory supervisors, the school consciously integrated children of shop-floor, blue-collar employees. Further, the school has insisted that 50% of the class be female, allowing it to create female role-models for the community. Within curriculum and culture, the focus is strongly on demonstrating a new future – not just for the students in the school, but for the community at large. 

The core idea

Towards doing this, the school has evolved a nuanced curriculum and assessment, which allows children, teachers and parents to learn and grow together. TVS has created its own activity-based textbooks, which inspire children to seek, identify, understand and use knowledge independently. The school also allows both teachers and students to innovate on pedagogy, and have children use it as they like. Teachers, through a Teacher Enrichment Program, are able to constantly keep abreast of the times, and have the space and time to learn – from each other, from experts, and from other schools. This has created a value for teaching and learning that percolates through the culture of the school. For instance, recently the older students took on the onus of teaching history to the younger children, and developed lesson plans, classroom materials and worksheets. This not only allowed the children to see their own impact on each other, but demonstrated that knowledge can be sought from all kinds of sources, and not just the conventional. 

TVS Academy has also demonstrated a new, and child-centric assessment technique, which envisions new roles for parents and teachers. The Student Conference, established two years ago, gives each child a platform to go through a self-evaluation, a peer-evaluation and a teacher-evaluation on their academics, classroom behaviour, and their relationships with each other. This is then presented to their parents, individually, allowing children to own their strengths, identify their weaknesses and share solutions with their parents. 

The school is also deeply involved in the external Hosur community. Their Green Clean Hosur initiative distributed saplings in the community to offset the loss of green cover during highway development in their neighbourhood. The students are also taught practical, hands-on solutions for neighbourhood problems: such as reducing water flow in their taps, and solid waste management. The children have not only extended this knowledge to their own homes and communities, but also government schools in the neighbourhood.

The school’s involvement with the community extends to their students, parents and teachers adopting and mentoring other schools in the neighbourhood. As a part of a network of TVS schools in Tumkur and Tirunelveli, their approach to education is gaining relevance in the new India – one in rapid transition from small towns to industrial hubs.

Change Leader

Principal Srividya Mouli is the Change Leader at TVS Academy. Beginning her career as an editor at a publishing company, she soon felt she would be better placed as an English teacher. Selected at TVS Academy, her leadership qualities and value systems were immediately visible to the school management – very soon she began to lead and build initiatives within the school. She started a library for students in her classroom, as the school didn’t have a central library back then. When she observed a teacher hitting a student, she initiated a discussion about corporal punishment amongst staff. This resulted in the staff agreeing that corporal punishment did not align with the school’s vision and values so they flagged it as unacceptable 25 years ago, much before it was banned by India’s Supreme Court in 2000.

Today, she has built a strong team and has instilled her love for innovation in them. She has sought to introduce changemaking in her school as well as at home – her son works for an international technology company and he recently convinced his office to launch a recycling programme.

Change Team

1. Anne Josephine Mary – Head of Department, Science and Team Leader, Higher Secondary

2. Prabha Ravi – Team Leader High School

3. Nanda - Head of Department

4. Ravi Kumar  - Facility Manager

5. Anandavel – Parent and President of the Alumni Commune of TVSA

6. Arving Adhi – Community Partner, and Chairman of Round Table

7. Rajagopal – Governing Body Member

8. Vibish Kashyap – Student, and Secretary of the Student Parliament

9. J Akshaya – Student, and Chairperson of Student Parliament

Sipcot 2nd Phase,
Hosur-635 125,
Krishnagiri Dt,
Tamil Nadu.

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