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.

OUT NOW: A classroom discussion guide created with the Economist Educational Foundation

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Lewis

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Joseph

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Aliyah York

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Eloise

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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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Meet the Big Education Conversation Partners

5x15 stories
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5x15 is one of the UK's leading producers of public-facing spoken-word events. They bring world leading figures to speak to audiences to spark ideas and inspiration.

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Big Change
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Big Change are a catalyst, a small but disruptive force for positive change. They work with partners to see a society where every young person is set up to thrive in life, not just in exams.

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Bounce Forward is a national charity that specialises in practical resilience for schools.

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The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK.

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Esmee Fairbairn aims to improve our natural world, secure a fairer future and strengthen the bonds in communities in the UK.

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Fair Education Alliance
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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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Family Links
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Family Links is a national charity dedicated to the promotion of emotional health at home, at school, and at work.

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HeadsUp4HTs
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We are a network of Headteachers; past, present and future who have a vision that all Headteachers are given the support to become the leader they set out to be.

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IPPR
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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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Our Shared World
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We are a large and diverse network supporting education across England to equip our society to create a more sustainable, fairer, peaceful and resilient world. #sdg47

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Parent Kind
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Parentkind is the largest network of PTA fundraisers in the UK. We bring specialist fundraising support and advice to parent volunteers so that every school can benefit from a successful PTA.

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Porticus
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Porticus strives for systemic change to create a more equitable society, partnering with those advocating for genuine change and championing the voice of the disempowered.

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Pupil Power
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Pupil power is a student-led movement aiming to educate and engage young people on educational policy that affects them and their experience of school.

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Rekindle
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Rekindle is a supplementary school for 13-16 year-olds in South Manchester. Opening in September, it is primarily led by young people who have helped design a school they wish they’d attended.

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SSAT
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SSAT exists to help improve outcomes for all young people. They work with leaders, teachers and students to drive school improvement and innovation, and celebrate their successes.

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Shape History
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Shape History exist to nurture a fairer world, faster, through creative storytelling, powerful brands, and strategic communications.

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The Sixth Form Colleges Association is the established voice of dedicated sixth form education and the hub of a national network of sixth form providers.

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Square Peg
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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 Blagrave Trust
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The Blagrave Trust is a collaborative funder supporting young people to fulfil their potential.

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The Difference
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The Difference exists to improve the outcomes of the most vulnerable children by raising the status and expertise of those who work with them.

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The Economist Educational Foundation
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We're a charity that gives young people the skills to think and speak for themselves about current affairs through high-quality, topical discussions.

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Tortoise Media
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Tortoise is building a different type of newsroom. For a slower, wiser news.

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Whole Education
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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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Youth Leads UK
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Youth Leads UK is a charity run by young people, for young people. They turn young people into young leaders through skills development, empowering potential and influencing change.

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