The first topic we want to discuss is ‘The Purpose of Education’ which we believe is fundamental in steering the future of education policy in the right direction. We have posed a series of questions to stimulate discussion on this topic however, we want you to let us have your views. Please suggest a debate on this first topic by leaving your comments in the box on the right, or go to the debate page to see the topics already being discussed.

Survey results

Below are some of your comments from the survey on what you told us is the number one issue affecting education.

“Long-term funding.”

“Fundamentally - what is the purpose of education? The nature of policy, the focus on assessment, the drive for accountability - all of this stems from the fact that there is no consensus on what is education for. It lacks this moral purpose.”

“How to raise aspirations and achievements for students from educationally disadvantaged and deprived areas…”

Performativity gone mad! Accountability and performativity are key aspects of education in the 21st century. However, over the last decade we have lost the focus of education.”

The importance of the role of middle leaders and how to develop them to make the maximum impact in their schools.”

“A stable qualifications system that doesn't change every time a new minister is appointed.”

“…education needs to rebalance to prioritise individual and social wellbeing as well as self-learning.”

A curriculum that prepares our young people for the current and emerging world of work and global issues.”

Consistency of provision across establishments.”

Get politics out of education and involve professional educators more in policy making.”

“The number one issue in education is class sizes, adult to child ratio.”

“…students should be educated about how amazing it is to have education on their doorstep. Help them to appreciate what they have and take advantage of it.”

“School communities need to believe in themselves, not to constantly be reminded of their weaknesses.”

“The impact ‘poverty’ has on the ability of pupils to succeed in life, despite the best efforts of their schools; financial poverty, poverty of expectation, poverty of hope, poverty of family life and love, poverty of imagination, poverty of tolerance, poverty of intent…”

“The marketisation of education and the cavalier way in which research and evidence are used to support ideological points.”

“A curriculum strategy that shows cohesion through all key stages and values all forms of education.”

“Schools should be steered by an education federation made up of all key parties rather than at the mercy of vying parties and changes of government.”

“We are living through turbulent times…, through the rise of academy chains; we are in danger of losing what is educationally and locally unique about our schools.”

“A curriculum which meets the needs of modern Britain.”

“A 'one size fits all' system of comprehensive schools…”

“A lack of an overarching strategic plan to move education from where it is now to where we all want it to be five years, ten years and 25+ years from now.”

“…one of the biggest issues influencing the overall quality of education is the ability for leaders to be supported in their efforts to improve schools.”

Equality in funding across all sectors…”

Stop imposing top-down changes. Rate of change means none are ever properly implemented, evaluated, and built upon.”

Empower the teaching profession to be partners with government on education policy.”

Workload of all teachers and leaders.”

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