Is the education system getting worse and will the Schools Bill address that?
The new School Bills has been published by the government and its priorities seem skewed.
The bill is focusing on making all schools to join multi-academy trusts, introducing registers for children not in school, and giving Ofsted more powers. And we’re all wondering why.
Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, puts it best:
“Our education system faces deep problems: a crisis of funding, a shortfall in provision for special needs, rising child poverty, workload issues that are so intense that they drive teachers out of the profession. We need serious and wide-ranging legislation. Instead, the Schools Bill reveals a government trapped in the policies of the past. Forcing or inducing schools to become academies is not the answer to education’s problems.”
We all know what the issues are. And they’ve been getting worse since the pandemic.
A third of people in England say the school system has gotten worse and is failing to prepare young people for general and working life. The research by YouGov done last year also showed that nearly half of parents with students aged 17-19 said schooling has changed for the worse.
A report by The Children’s Commissioner in 2018 revealed that almost 100,000 young people leave education at 18 without the necessary qualifications to succeed in life. That’s anything below Level 2 qualifications, which is the bare minimum to move onto certain apprenticeships, technical or academic courses, or even work.
These young people have even been labelled ‘The Forgotten Third’ and the only attempt to tackle these issues has been more focus on STEM subjects and treating schools like prisons. All must attend, no matter the personal or social barrier present.
How we address this at EOB Academy
At EOB Academy, we understand that hundreds of thousands of capable young people can fall through the cracks in the education system. We understand that they are made to feel lesser than and set up to fail, which leads to feelings of self-doubt, low self-esteem, and confidence.
That’s why we offer an alternative that builds on the interests of these young people. We understand the importance of English and Maths and offer these to supplement their creative learning. But it’s not the be-all and end-all of learning.
We use video game design to work with young people to find their passion because we understand that a level of autonomy and agency is important in their learning. As a result, we’ve been able to rebuild confidence and skills together, and gain a qualification to set them up to succeed in general and working life.