What do we need from our schools?

Having delivered two webinars this week helping parents to think about choosing secondary schools for their children, I am mindful of the dilemma for parents in choosing the right 11+ option for their child and the impact this has on their future prospects.

Tony Blair has this week given evidence to the Times Education Commission to defend his target of sending 50% of children to university. Having delivered two webinars this week helping parents to think about choosing secondary schools for their children, I am mindful of the dilemma for parents in choosing the right 11+ option for their child and the impact this has on their future prospects.

The cry from many is that education needs investment and a ten-year plan; after the departure of the School Catch-up Expert, it seems less likely that radical change will happen. However, we should not be disheartened or fearful of what is ahead. Sir Kevan Collins’ approach to recovery was not about narrowing options, but allowing all children to re-engage with sport, music and the arts. Breadth in the curriculum is as important as depth. As parents, this is a fantastic opportunity to think about what should be important to instil in your children. Equally crucial, to support schools that encourage children’s creativity and curiosity. Read more...