THREE QUARTERS OF 14-19 YEAR OLD’S WANT THEIR EDUCATION TO BE RELEVANT, GIVING THEM THE TOOLS AND SKILLS THEY WILL NEED IN THEIR CAREER

With students heading back to schools and colleges this week, many for the first time in five months, education in the ‘new normal’ may look and feel quite different.

70% of 14 – 19-year-olds think the education system needs to catch up with the real world and 76% want their education to be relevant, focused on giving them the tools and skills they will need in their career. ‘Learning through doing’ is a method that 83% of parents would like their children’s education to include more of and 90% of teachers think it’s important to offer their pupils and students the opportunities to learn through practical, real-world scenario.

81% of teachers agree it would be useful for them to spend time in industry in order to bring their teaching and career guidance to life, something which the Edge Foundation offers through their teacher externships.