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EDUCATION OVERHAUL: Berkhamsted headteacher comments on report calling for education reform

 Published on: 28th November 2021   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

The principal of Berkhamsted School has urged the government to reshape the education system after a new report showed that most teachers and senior leaders believe the current structures are “failing to prepare young people to thrive in the 21st century”.

Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), a professional association of heads of the world’s leading independent schools, released the findings of a survey of teachers and senior leaders in both the state and independent sector.

It found that the majority believe the current educational system is failing young people, current assessments are too narrowly focused and used for the wrong ends, and that urgent reform of GCSEs is needed.

Following the survey results, HMC released a report calling on the government to appoint an independent and impartial individual or organisation to swiftly lead a wide consultation with educators, academics, wellbeing experts, employers and students, to help inform the design of a new model of assessment.

Richard Backhouse (pictured), Berkhamsted School’s principal and chair of HMC, said: “After what has been a tumultuous 18 months, teachers in both state and independent schools now want to focus on delivering the very best education they can to children who have experienced immense disruption to their schooling. 

“This report outlines the clamour in the education sector to shape an education system which reflects the needs of 21st century Britain and I’d urge those in government to read it.”

To read the report, go to

Picture credit HMC

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