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?
Drag the emoji to tell us what you think education should really be for.
Academic success and getting qualifications
Understanding and taking care of yourself and others
Enjoying learning and becoming a good learner for life
Preparation for the world of work
Getting a good understanding of society and the world
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
Little Bats Learning
Meet the Parents
Dynamic and novative actions for Africa
Ely College parents' Facebook forum
Educate & Celebrate
Youth Leads UK
Forum for the Future of Education
Techwizard IT Services
Partnership for Children
The Real Executive Coaching Co.
Family Links the Centre for Emotional Health
Cumbria Development Education Centre
Liverpool World Centre
Barking and Dagenham
Dr Penny Hay
Rescue Our Schools
Sara @ The Nature Premium campaign
The Further Education Tutorial Network
National Extension College
Dynamic and novative actions for Africa
Researchers in Schools
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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.
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.
Big Education's mission is to help more schools and changemakers develop that Big Education – an education of head, heart and hand.
Bounce Forward is a national charity that specialises in practical resilience for schools.
Diverse Educators is a training organisation that has built a community of educators who are passionate about DEI.
Esmee Fairbairn aims to improve our natural world, secure a fairer future and strengthen the bonds in communities in the UK.
The Fair Education Alliance is a coalition of over 200 organisations which aims to tackle inequality in the education system.
Family Links is a national charity dedicated to the promotion of emotional health at home, at school, and at work.
The Forum for the Future of Education believes in the power of people to bring about change in education.
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.
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.
Meet the Parents strengthens communities by encouraging families to support their local schools
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
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.
Parent Ping is a daily survey app that helps you learn how other parents are dealing with life... all in 2 minutes. Download free to join in!
PEN supports schools and settings to engage families with their child’s learning and development.
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.
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.
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.
A community of people who want to bring about a more harmonious, less hair-raising state of world affairs.
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.
Shape History exist to nurture a fairer world, faster, through creative storytelling, powerful brands, and strategic communications.
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.
Effecting change for children & young people experiencing barriers to attendance, because one size doesn't fit all in education.
The Blagrave Trust is a collaborative funder supporting young people to fulfil their potential.
The Difference exists to improve the outcomes of the most vulnerable children by raising the status and expertise of those who work with them.
We're a charity that gives young people the skills to think and speak for themselves about current affairs through high-quality, topical discussions.
ThoughtBox exists to help connect learning to life, developing globally aware, empathetic and resilient students & teachers.
Tortoise is building a different type of newsroom. For a slower, wiser news.
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.
Yes Futures is a multi-award winning charity, run by experienced, qualified teachers, which empowers young people to believe in themselves and discover their personal potential.