Advancing opportunity: new models of schooling

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Smith Institute
Date of publication
16 November 2007
Education and Skills, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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This collection of essays examines new models of schooling to improve outcomes and meet changing needs. Despite improvements in school results over the last 10 years, much more needs to be done to improve participation, attainment and, importantly, aspiration among the most disadvantaged. The skills needed in the workforce are also changing and new forms of learning and schooling need to be considered. These essays set out some of what that new model of schooling might look like. As well as making the case for new systems and new approaches, the contributors outline and showcase some of the very practical steps that have been taken to experiment with and test out these ideas – both internationally and through a range of project-based activities in the UK.  Two overarching themes emerge.  Firstly, that we must have a more expansive account of school education, one which means schools that educate and nurture the whole child, not just that part of the child that is necessary for passing academic exams.  Secondly, the need to transcend long-standing divides, such as that between vocational and academic ability; and between schools and colleges, universities and employers.

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