The Government’s social policy agenda puts education at the
centre of plans for building a sustainable system that reduces poverty,
improves skills, and increases social inclusion. Review of the National
Curriculum, changes to funding, and the rise of alternate school models are
creating a dynamic moment for change. This far-reaching approach means it is
vital to understand the implications of new policies, and the real opportunities
for re-shaping the national education system.
ResPublica’s new research project will address this
imperative. It will examine key questions including: Are our schools working? Do they equip our young people with the skills
they need to get jobs? Do they guide students to develop strength of character
and ethical sense? Does our assessment system work? Are our schools connected
to other learning institutions, local communities, and wider society? Are our
teachers as confident and expert as they can be?
on Government initiatives that aim to reform assessment, the project will
explore how, beyond addressing mechanics and statistics, reforms
could usefully consider broader questions of the purpose and nature of
assessment. Further, the project examines the extent to which curricula,
pedagogy, teaching and institutional arrangements need to be renovated more
deeply than current reforms propose in order to redress criticisms of poor
outcomes and inequality. Importantly, the project provides concrete options for
ways to transform the British education system to become an innovative,
inclusive and responsive site of excellence.
Part of ResPublica's Models and Partnerships for Social
Prosperity workstream, the
project is now open to external engagement from the public, private and
third sectors. We would like to establish a consortium of sponsors who will
feed in to our further research and debate in this area and benefit from
co-branding on publications and events.
information or to discuss partnership opportunities, please contact Monika
Kruesmann, ResPublica Research Consultant, firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7222 6552.