As the impacts of lockdown are felt in the wider economy, 70% of 14 – 19-year-olds think the education system needs to catch up with the real world and 76% want their education to be relevant, focused on giving them the tools and skills they will need in their career. This is supported by 76% of parents and 86% of teachers who also want children’s education to be inspired by real world issues and civic engagement.
‘Learning through doing’ is a method that 83% of parents would like their children’s education to include more of and 90% of teachers think it’s important to offer their pupils and students the opportunities to learn through practical, real-world scenario. In fact, 81% of teachers agree it would be useful for them to spend time in industry in order to bring their teaching and career guidance to life, something which the Edge Foundation offers through their teacher externships.
Edge Chief Executive, Alice Barnard and Olly Newton, Executive Director have been discussing the research findings and offering their insight to broadcasters this week as pupils prepare to go back to school following the summer holidays.