We need to talk about what EDUCATION is REALLY FOR

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We have a chance to rethink education

England’s education system has been built to get as many kids as possible learning a fixed set of things in a fixed way. And then to prove it through tests and exams. But is this big schooling machine delivering what anyone really wants, or what society needs?

What are your views on the purpose of education? Add your opinion and see what others think.

Jaiden, age 19

"I want to see our young people do more than just survive in this system, I want them to thrive.”

Jaiden, age 19

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Across the country people are talking about education

Wherever and whoever you are, why not take time to have a chat about what education is really for, and the big changes you and your friends, family, colleagues, or students, want to see.

To help you get started, we've create a simple conversation guide and some top tips for facilitators. Use the resources to spark a conversation about the future of education and get curious about what others think.

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Digital Innovators

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The Real Executive Coaching Co.

Heather

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Richard

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Bounce Forward

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Forum for the Future of Education

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The Difference

Jamie

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Claire Oliver

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Freddie

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Cockwood School

Alison

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Youth Leads UK

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Restart-ed

Ben

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Educate & Celebrate

Caroline

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DNA Africa

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Meet the Parents

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Big Education

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Zoe

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VotesforSchools

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Nathan

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Parentkind

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Eloise

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Emma Appleton

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Laura

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Evulve Productions

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Haringey Learning Partnership

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The Den

Chris

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YMCA Derbyshire

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Whole Education

Douglas

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The Grove

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Right to Succeed

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Eliza and Jae

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Eliza and Jae

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Beacon Youth Centre

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Kelvin Hall School

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House of Imagination

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Imogen Morrall

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Amar

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Amanda

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Youth Leads UK

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Big Change

Jae Spencer Keyse

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Pupil Power

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The Proud Trust

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Tracey

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Eloise

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The Ethereal Learning Foundation

Deborah Haddon

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University of Plymouth

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Raising Changemaker Teens

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Teach For Austria

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Alexandra

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Alberta

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Wellness for All

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People for Education

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Vicky

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Corporación Colombiana de Padres y Madres Red PaPaz

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Luminario

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CTL ACADEMY

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Ubuntu Education

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Mduduzi Ntuli

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Children's University

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Silviu

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Ndinde Kizito

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Ithar Ahmed

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Edusfere

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En Kelly

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NEEMA KAWEDI MGHASE

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Alexandra Carroll

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Big Education Conversation

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Grad Student HGSE

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Taleau

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Elena Wilson

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Social Emotional Learning Alliance

Amy McConnell Franklin

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LEARNMV

Sidney Morris

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Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Catherine Millett

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Richmond Loose Play

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Global Education Destinations

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EOF Project

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Lontum Charles

Lontum Charles

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Eazy-Digi

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cora

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Tortoise Media

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Yusra

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Inspiration Trust

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Tuition Kit

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Emma

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Tortoise Media

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Shape History

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OHAJIWU KINGSLEY

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RSPB

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Jan

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Carmarthenshire County Council

JDessent

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Hassan Salisu Adam

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Pupil Power

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Native Scientist

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Felecia

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Khulisa

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Nadia

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Hassan Salisu

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Whole Education

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Mike

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Aquayemi-Claude Garnett

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Chris

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DNA Africa

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R O

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National Extension College

Esther Chesterman

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Pierre-Jean Arnaud

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Tybed

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Sally Hawker

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James

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Julie Maher

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Alessandro Agorini

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ThoughtBox Education

Rachel

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Abbey

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The Further Education Tutorial Network

Sally Wootton

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Liz

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Rescue Our Schools

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yelena

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The Visionaries

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Louise

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Plug-in Media

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Bath Spa University

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Nice Media

Melanie

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Sadia Moaeee

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HeadsUp4HTs

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Peddie school

Leon Zhao

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Big Change

Eloise

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-1.98317850

Woodhouse Primary Acedemy

Mr Wilson

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-1.92961500

USA Study

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Beckmead College

Miss Sam

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-1.17812140

Broadlea Primary

Richard

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-2.57955620

Kielder Primary

Lee

50.91205220

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Bury Primary

Thomas

53.64320080

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Luddington and Garthorpe Primary School

Janine

53.85553880

-3.03782230

Blackpool Youth Council

Andrew

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Langley Park School

Karmelle, Carolina, Fayo

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2.35827880

LearningPlanet Alliance - Sorbonne

Jeanne Louise

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RISE

Sanju Pal

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Salzburg Global Seminar/ SEE Learning

Corinna Nawatzky

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Noble + Eaton

Joanne

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Big Change

Heena

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South High School

Julie

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144.97093940

Learning Creates Australia

Calum

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77.58404690

Dream a Dream

Suchitha

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Remake Learning

Tyler

50.43095770

-3.68730040

The Artist Within

Jae

30.11231500

31.34385070

Malvern College

Joseph

45.45500630

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Uniting for Children and Youth; My Life My Education

Richard Fransham

52.05783480

-1.35166660

Frank Wise School

Griffiths Centre

52.62755110

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Big Change

Khadejah

52.62762090

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Crown Hills Community College

Sofia

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Big Change

Heena

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Big Change

Heena

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Big Change

Heena

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Sunbeam Bhagwanpur

Pareshi

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an international philanthropy advising firm

Joshua

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2.17461440

CATESCO

#DiàlegsEducació2030

51.51098310

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Winsor Primary School

Pauline

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