To meet these demands, future citizens will need a full mastery of the skills of literacy and numeracy, and a strong understanding of the subjects which form our current National Curriculum, but alone, these will be insufficient. Schools in the future will need to ensure that young people have developed the personal, social, learning and employability skills which will provide for a successful and fulfilling adulthood.
EdisonLearning recognise that schools have done an outstanding job over recent years in maximising attainment and meeting the demands of a target-driven system. But the current system - how schools are organised and operated, the accountability systems, the curriculum, the use of technologies and even the structure of the teaching profession - are not fit for purpose. New ways of operating schools are urgently needed to meet these new demands - and this is where EdisonLearning come in!
Our education philosophy tells us that, regardless of how important academic attainment is (and we think it is very important indeed), an education focused only on achieving GCSEs and A levels represents an inadequate preparation for adulthood, and fails to meet the needs of our businesses and economy. A great education combines academic excellence with the development of essential personal and social skills, and provides every child with a range of experiences to develop the passions and interests essential to a fulfilling adult life.
Our mission is to work alongside educational professionals in state-funded schools to turn this philosophy into practice, and through this achieve the often quoted 'educational transformation' - not just for one or two schools, but for every school seeking to prepare their students for an uncertain and increasingly global future. To do this we invest in research, ensuring that what we now know about how young people learn and develop, and the features of the most effective schools and organisations are reflected in scalable and replicable models - or as we refer to in EdisonLearning, School Designs.