Re-Framing Education Policy – developing a coherent, progressive and sustainable education policy

Cllr. Helen Flynn sets out the principles of a progressive, social liberal education system in this discussion paper.

Re-Framing Education Policy – Developing a coherent, progressive and sustainable education policy

Helen is a Harrogate Borough Councillor and Executive member of the Lib Dem Education Association. She is an active education campaigner, writes and blogs on edication policy and issues, and has been a school Governor in primary, secondary and FE settings since 2000

4 comments on “Re-Framing Education Policy – developing a coherent, progressive and sustainable education policy
  1. Henry Cox says:

    Very interesting. Some years ago I wrote that (UK) ‘Education’ is basically a “grading system”. That is it marks the ability of people, but does little to learn them anything useful.
    I look to people learning to do useful work in (future) sustainable economies (including designing Policies). Which I see as having most people (as households) grow much of the food they eat. That is they should learn using solar energy to grow plants on land. Also Planning changed to provide most houses with access to (open) land to grow food. Also have policies, training, then practice, of UK housing having adequte insulation – actual or near Passiv.

    • Stuart Mack says:

      How do you think the technology to harness the sun’s energy was developed? Through the learning of skills or was it perhaps through learning electronics, physics and chemistry?

  2. Peter Hirst says:

    I like most of this. Surely the coalition is doing much to equal the importance of vocational and academic learning.

    With the availability of most knowledge on the web, is it time to focus on interpreting, analysing and looking at the implications of applying knowledge?

    Also putting more subjective topics on the curriculum such as morality, ethics and spirituality.

  3. Stuart Mack says:

    The view that pupils no longer need to learn concrete facts due to an unpredictable and changing world has been found wanting.
    Technology will still depend on science and engineering, so learning maths and science at school will remain necessary. How do we deal with the effects of a changing climate if we don’t understand the processes that cause it?
    An understanding of history is surely important to understand our place in the world and for future governments to make intelligent decisions as to how to deal with global political issues.

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