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.

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    The curriculum

    On one side of the curriculum debate are those, including the government, who believe that the curriculum should be based primarily on knowledge. Do you agree? You will need to log in to vote and comment.

    Phase I: The purpose of education
    Total replies: 22 Last comment: 19 Oct 16
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    Assessment

    The assessment debate to a degree reflects the curriculum debate, as there tends to be an affinity between knowledge-based curriculum and formal tests versus a skills-based curriculum and more flexible approaches to assessment. But are students tested too frequently, especially as the participation age rises to 18? You will need to log in to vote and comment.

    Phase I: The purpose of education
    Total replies: 21 Last comment: 25 Oct 18
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    The purpose of education

    Put a cross-section of people in a room and ask them ‘What is the purpose of education?’ and you are likely to get as many different answers as there are people. Should we adopt a national statement on the purpose of education to guide our vision? You will need to log in to vote and comment.

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    Total replies: 21 Last comment: 21 Jul 16

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