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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Rescue Our Schools

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USA Study

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Kielder Primary

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Bury Primary

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Langley Park School

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Meet the Big Education Project Council

Our Project Council are 13-19 years old and play a key role in shaping and developing the Big Education Conversation, supported by our partner Youth Leads UK and the Big Change team.

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April, English teacher

"All students should leave education feeling they have achieved something, rather than leaving with a certificate to show they have failed."

April, English teacher

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Meet the Big Education Conversation Partners

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