A policy paper published during the summer by Edge sets out the charity’s case for a coherent, unified and holistic phase of education to prepare 14 to 19-year-olds for their future careers. Author Olly Newton explains

At the beginning of July, Edge published its latest policy report which makes the case for a radical rethinking of our education system.

Our plan for 14 to 19 education proposes eight measures (see below) to ensure all young people benefit from a coherent, unified and holistic education, while gaining work-ready skills and having a clear view of the breadth of opportunities open to them.

Top of the shopping list is probably the most straightforward change – to broaden the narrow EBacc. By combining the options for a language and humanity, it’s easy to create slots for a creative and a technical subject. Offer computer science as one of the science options and already the suite of subjects becomes more balanced and offers the opportunity of a skills mix more suited to the 21st century rather than the 1900s.

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