Exercise books are “old fashioned”, a leading headmistress has said as she urges schools to follow her lead and become “paperless”. Children need to be “prepared for the future, not for the past”, according to Kathy Crewe-Read, head of the £14,000-a-year Wolverhampton Grammar School. Since most offices are now paperless there is no reason why schools should not emulate this approach, she said. Pupils at Wolverhampton Grammar School aged between nine and 14 now use iPads in every lesson rather than exercise books and textbooks. “We are trying to prepare our students for a distant future where, ultimately, writing and reading might be a thing of the past,” Mrs Crewe-Read told The Telegraph. “Everything is stored digitally on iPads,... Why deliberately lose the skill of handwriting?