The purpose of education

We want a system in which all children and young people achieve. We believe we can have a great education system that delivers quality and equality for all learners.

This will involve an act of imagination, courage and collective action. Our Blueprint for a Self-Improving System sets out a vision for the education system in England. At its heart is capacity building – leadership capacity, pedagogical capacity and the capacity for creativity and action.

We welcome the Education Select Committee’s inquiry into the purpose of education for children of all ages in England. Many high performing systems in the world have an explicit statement about the purposes of education. This often takes the form of a statement of the desired outcomes of education, or what society expects an educated young person to know, be able to do and to contribute to society. England does not have such a statement. Curriculum, assessment and qualifications should follow from such a statement.

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