In this morning's Education Select Committee meeting we spoke with Andreas Schleicher who is the Director for Education and Skills at the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) comparing how we work in our Education system with other countries, particularly in terms of changing technology in schools and in the work place.
I absolutely agree with him that our system should be more focused on 'human skills' rather than our current 'knowledge based' approach. That means investing in supporting rounded, analytical, creative young people rather than focusing on exam results alone.
I also raised the example of Farmilo Primary and Nursery School and the thematic and inter-disciplinary approach they've taken to learning in year 6. Earlier in the year I helped link them up with some financial support for their project which I think is brilliant.
As it happens so does the Education Director from the OECD who said that this kind of approach is exactly what we need to see much more of across the UK Education system if we're to make it fit for the future. Well done again to Mr Newman and everyone involved in their project at Farmilo primary.
If you're interested in the subject it was a genuinely fascinating discussion, which you can find in full here.