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January 2018

Let’s work together

The UK has a major skills gap. It’s a problem that we are all aware of. Youth unemployment across Europe amongst 16-24 year olds is historically high and rising. As new types of jobs evolve the skills gap can only get bigger unless businesses and schools work together to change outcomes. Learners need more than ever to understand the purpose of why they need to learn certain things.

This issue starts at the root of learning. Education shouldn’t be just about gathering knowledge, it should be about understanding why we need it and then what we can do with it. Knowledge is power, but it needs to have purpose.

Every employer that I talk to wants employees to have creativity and to be able to think for themselves. However, everyone knows the curriculum has become so rigid and target focussed that it’s knocking the passion out of learning. Learning should be fun and engaging, because that passion is what drives innovation.

My plea to businesses is simple – you know where the shortfalls are, so it’s time to skill up our future work force and inspire learners. Experts should be influencing, be thought leaders, spreading their drive and passion to empower future generations.

It’s not just learners who need the support of businesses. School leaders are crying out for business people to act as governors, especially in the most deprived areas where uptake in these roles is low. We must work together to build a strong vibrant economy.

Collaboration is key. Let’s join the dots and bring learners, educators and businesses together.


We’re at Bett Show 2018!


Teachers at BETT invited to explore a new online world of innovative learning

Teachers visiting this year’s BETT Show can meet the team from The Wonder Why Society (stand P36), and discover the very latest in innovative online learning.

The Wonder Why Society is a revolutionary learning environment, providing children with safe, 100% moderated access to an online world of discovery and innovation. The Wonder Why Society is FREE to state schools and teachers can sign up immediately by visiting the team on stand P36.

The Wonder Why Society gives teachers;

  • a moderated learning environment
  • free lesson resources
  • opportunities to embed online safety and digital skills
  • the chance to encourage critical thinking amongst pupils and develop their natural curiosity of the world.

Young learners can access an inspirational online environment to learn in and accomplish activities linked to real-world industries, helping to raise aspirations and bridge the skills gap. Children can collaborate with classmates and virtual peers, whilst increasing their digital capability and confidence.

The Wonder Why Society also acts as a parental engagement tool, where work can be accesses and shared in the home setting.

For more information and to sign up visit or visit our stand in BETT Futures P36.