Change is in the air. Can you feel it?

Change is in the air. Can you feel it? But the boldest thinking about the future of education is certainly not coming from the Department for Education. It’s coming from outside the halls of power and outside education’s echo chamber, says Geoff Barton

You have to admit, those Greek philosophers had a lot of wise words to say about life. Take Heraclitus: “There is nothing permanent,” he said, “except change.”

Was he right? Do you share his world view that change isn’t a matter of choice but an inevitability?

Because from where I sit, there’s a mood of change in the air around education. I sense it pretty much everywhere I go and from everyone I listen to.

Whether it’s the need to rethink our clogged-up examinations system, or our punitive accountability and regulatory system, an overburdened curriculum, a failure to harness the power of technology for learning – on so many fronts, I hear people saying that now is the time for change.

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