Category: New Thinking & Curriculum Reform

Unimaginative nanny-state rhetoric

nanny state

‘Nanny state’ is a politically loaded term, used tendentiously to make an ideological point, namely that it is not the job of government to interfere (another loaded term, of course, as is ‘red tape’) in our everyday lives and decision-making. Expect to hear the… Continue Reading “Unimaginative nanny-state rhetoric”

Skills for life

skills for life

The recent report on education from the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI) states that the role of education is to equip people with the skills and personal qualities they need to succeed in life. In the recent Times Education Commission report, the… Continue Reading “Skills for life”

Another call for change

education new thinking

Last week the respected Tony Blair Institute for Global Change published a report calling for “a radically different education system” in the UK. The report is part of its Future of Britain initiative which aims to “meet the challenges the country faces in the… Continue Reading “Another call for change”

The importance of legacy


It’s that word legacy again. Last Friday the Local Government Association called for money raised from the soft drinks industry levy to be available for councils to spend on tackling childhood obesity and encouraging greater physical activity in their local areas to “ensure (a)… Continue Reading “The importance of legacy”

Commonwealth Games and legacy

Commonwealth Games legacy

The Commonwealth Games ended on Monday, just a week or so after the women’s football Euro 2022 tournament. Both events served up a feast of high-quality sporting entertainment and were outstanding adverts for popular participation, inclusion and diversity. But the Commonwealth Games, in particular,… Continue Reading “Commonwealth Games and legacy”

Promoting creativity

Promoting creativity

The phrases ‘blue-sky thinking’ and ‘thinking outside the box’ would probably be somewhere near the top of many people’s list of most annoying examples of management speak. Clichés are, by definition, tired and hackneyed, but they usually convey something important – in this case… Continue Reading “Promoting creativity”

The purpose of education

purpose of education

Britain’s education system “is failing on every measure”. That is the stark conclusion of the recently published Times Education Commission final report, which begins with a discussion of a fundamental question: what is the purpose of education? The report itself is a bold call… Continue Reading “The purpose of education”

Reimagining education

reimagining education

A year-long education commission, which took evidence from more than 600 experts across fields including business, the arts and education, has recommended major changes to the education system in response to the challenges of the coming decades. Many of the report’s criticisms of the… Continue Reading “Reimagining education”

Meeting the challenges

Meeting the challenges

In June 2021 the so-called schools catch-up tsar, Sir Kevan Collins, resigned after saying that government funding for his long-term plan to help pupils make up for lost learning during the Covid pandemic fell “far short” of what was needed. The recovery plan is… Continue Reading “Meeting the challenges”

Why teaching critical thinking is critically important

Discussing the number of Americans who believe in at least one phenomenon that defies the laws of science, Professor Steven Pinker mentions psychic healing (55%), ESP (41%), haunted houses (37%) and ghosts (32%), “…which also means,” Pinker writes, “that some people believe in houses… Continue Reading “Why teaching critical thinking is critically important”