Why More “Rigour” Is Not The Answer

broken education system, conformism, standardised testing

The UK education system has fallen further behind global rivals and is now ranked 26th in the world league table. No amount of “rigour” will correct this trend when our education system is fundamentally broken. Now that all the world’s Continue reading

It’s time to stand up for teachers, and stand up for education

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Today we stand in solidarity with all teachers who have chosen to strike. Here’s why… By April next year teachers will have had a 15% pay cut in real terms since 2010 Teachers are being asked to pay more yet Continue reading

Our message to today’s A level students…

"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." Lanston Hughes

Alarmingly, one in five young people in the UK say they “abandon their ambitions” because of poor grades. But what are grades? They are simply a record to show how well we conform to a system of learning information purely Continue reading

More tests, pass marks and minimum standards. Is this really the answer?

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It was announced today that primary school pupils aged 11 would be ranked in 10% ability bands directly against their peers across the country. According to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP, “for children to achieve their potential we need to Continue reading

Universities told to reach out to primary schools

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The cost of a university education is higher than ever, precisely at a time when graduate employment prospects are at their lowest. It has therefore never been more important for young people to make well informed decisions about their future. Continue reading

Will a focus on engineering – not cooking and gardening – help revive the UK economy?

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We recently read this article by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) suggesting that “pupils should be learning the skills that businesses need – and the National Curriculum should acknowledge this”. Specifically, a focus on engineering, rather than cooking and gardening, Continue reading

Top 10 Things Employers Look For

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A study of more than 500,000 job adverts by Adzuna has revealed the 10 words and phrases most commonly used by UK employers to describe the type of person they are looking for. Here are the Top 10… Organised Communication skills Motivated Qualified Continue reading

Changing Education Paradigms

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This remarkable video, based on a powerful talk by Sir Ken Robinson and animated by RSA Animate, really is essential viewing for anyone involved with education. It explores why education reform is heading in exactly the wrong direction and no Continue reading