With the world changing at such a fast pace, how can we ensure that we are giving our pupils the very best preparation for the jobs that await them? Helping them to achieve their academic goals is certainly an excellent start, but I am well aware that it is by no means enough. We need to give them the critical skills to distinguish themselves in a crowded marketplace and the agility to adapt and respond to the challenges that lie ahead. So how do we do it?
We know that increasingly, aside from top grades, employers are looking for evidence of the practical skills that are essential in the world of work: fluency in languages, collaborative problem-solving; an understanding of technology and coding, innovative, creative thinking – in fact as Cindy Rose of Microsoft UK told us when she visited last year, these are skills for any young school-leaver today, regardless of the field they wish to go into.