Six big ideas: The future of education

The time has come for us to seriously re-examine what we in education are doing and how we are going about it. To this end, Mark Wilson proposes six big ideas for the future…
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1, Fundamentally overhaul Ofsted

We spend around £160m every year to tell us that 89% of everything is fine (Ofsted, 2023) and to occasionally blunder upon schools that have been giving poor service for years. Let’s stop that. Teams of 20 based in each of the nine government regions could do at least as good a job for a fraction of the cost.

Let us concentrate on improving the poorest of our schools and bringing them up to the standard of the rest.

Ofsted looks at the wrong things and is at the centre of the incoherence in our school system. To change this we must…

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