After a year of homeschooling and exam disruption

It’s time to ask some big questions about education

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and everyone should have their say
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We have a chance to rethink education

England’s education system has been built to get as many kids as possible learning a fixed set of things in a fixed way. And then to prove it through tests and exams. But is this big schooling machine delivering what anyone really wants, or what society needs?

We need to rethink education.
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Jaiden, age 19

"I want to see our young people do more than just survive in this system, I want them to thrive.”

Jaiden, age 19

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April, English teacher

"All students should leave education feeling they have achieved something, rather than leaving with a certificate to show they have failed."

April, English teacher

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Across the country people are talking about education

Wherever and whoever you are, why not take time to have a chat about the big changes to education that you and your friends, family, colleagues, or students, want to see.

In case you need a help to get started, we've create a simple guide with a menu of questions you can choose from. Use them to spark a conversation about the future of education and get curious about what others think.

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Charlie, age 14

“At the moment the purpose of education is results and competition and that’s not right.”

Charlie, age 14

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The Fair Education Alliance is a coalition of over 200 organisations which aims to tackle inequality in the education system.

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IPPR is the UK’s leading progressive policy think tank, with offices across the UK. IPPR is a leading thinker in the field of education policy.

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Rekindle
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SSAT
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Effecting change for children & young people experiencing barriers to attendance, because one size doesn't fit all in education.

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The Difference
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Whole Education is a dynamic network of schools and partners who are united in their belief that all children and young people deserve a fully rounded education.

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