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A new age of schooling

Governing Matters
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After the huge disruption of the past two years, we might be on the verge of a new age for the English schooling system. In our book, About Our Schools: Improving on Previous Best, we argue that the doubts and concerns caused by the pandemic shouldn’t disguise the fact that we are at one of those rare occasions when the siren call of ‘get back to normal’ is not enough.

''It isn’t that teachers have accelerated their competence in digital-based provision and therefore are ready for developing the new possibilities the pandemic has revealed, it’s the fact we have allowed our curriculum to be ‘baked into an inappropriate shape’ by an examination and testing system that is backward-looking and in danger of preparing our youngsters for a world that no longer exists, rather than ready to meet the multiple opportunities and challenges of tomorrow.''

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