Anthony Seldon

Our schools could easily be much better than they are

Leave our 19th-century schools system behind – we should all be teaching entrepreneurship and exposing students to the arts, creativity, sport, adventure and challenge

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In 25 years’ time, we will look back at schools today and ask ourselves if we were stark raving mad to have let them be so narrow and so low-achieving.

We need schools for the 21st century but we have a school model designed in the 19th century for mid-20th-century employment and late-20th-century technology.

Writing this takes nothing away from those who have worked so hard for their brilliant (or otherwise) A-level and GCSE results. Academic work matters. It is more than the backbone of any decent school system: it is its brain as well. But for a body to function, a brain also needs a heart ...

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