I sometimes think I’m the only person in the country who doesn’t hate Michael Gove. He did some great things: we have a brilliant local school as a result. But he wasn’t perfect and his reforms, while perceived to be dramatic, were in many ways not bold enough.
Just for a moment hold your cynicism and play John Lennon’s Imagine in your head.
Imagine our education system is the envy of the world. Imagine every 16-year-old leaves school able to write confidently, speak another language and calculate compound interest, while they are in possession of a solid working knowledge of chemistry, physics and biology (and not forgetting nutrition and health).
Imagine they leave understanding their own strengths and knowing the environments in which they thrive, so they can make good choices about the kind of work they should do or the kind of education they should pursue.
Imagine our private schools dwindling into havens for the super-rich from other countries, mooning wistfully at our state schools. Imagine the proudest words any parent could say are: “My son/daughter is a teacher.”
Now cut the soppy music and let’s get practical. What do we need to do?
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