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  • Independent Commission highlights urgent need to focus on skills and lifelong learning in a changing economy

    Further reform needed to boost UK competitiveness and ensure young people and adults are set up to succeed in the future world of work

    • Further reform to the UK skills system could unlock an annual £22 billion competitiveness dividend
    • The economic case for action on skills is clear: Brexit uncertainty, technological disruption, and a slump in productivity worse than any other G7 nation are hampering the UK’s competitiveness and putting the career prospects of young people and adult workers at risk
    • Immediate focus should be on ensuring the right provision and flexible pathways are available, creating opportunities which enable lifelong learning, and supporting these efforts through refined investment in education.
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  • Business and Higher Education appeal for long-term view of education to support economic growth

    A new report published today urges the government to radically overhaul the way the current school curriculum is developed to ensure it better meets the needs of the future economy.

    The report, 'Making Education Work,' follows a six-month review of England’s education system by an independent advisory group consisting of prominent business leaders and chaired by leading academic Professor Sir Roy Anderson.

    The report's key recommendations are:

    • A cross-party body should ensure the school curriculum is aligned to the future economy.
    • A levels should be slowly replaced with a Baccalaureate system.
    • The importance of interpersonal skills should be recognised and evidenced.

    With the content of the school curriculum continuing to change with each new administration, the report recommends the establishment of a new independent body, made up of teachers, employers, higher education and importantly, political parties. The new group would aim to establish a long-term political consensus on the school curriculum, with ultimate responsibility for delivering and assessing that curriculum continuing to be vested in the government.

    The Making Education Work report also recommends:

    • The A level system should slowly change to a baccalaureate-type system which supports a broader curriculum, to keep career options open and enable flexibility in later life.
    • England should formally adopt a formal framework for key competences, to include important attributes like team working, which are predicted to become increasingly important in the job market.
    • The testing of higher level reasoning skills, rather than just knowledge of theory or facts, should carry greater weight in qualifications, as more roles in the future will require these skills.
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