The Future Is Already Here

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It's essential to recognise the evolving landscape of skills that will shape success in the years to come. The rapid advancement of technology, as highlighted in the collaboration between Dell Technologies and the Institute for the Future, underscores the need for a profound shift in our educational focus. According to their research, a staggering 85% of the jobs the labour market will need to fill in 2030 do not exist today, a testament to the transformative power of technological innovation over the past decade.

“Schools will need to teach how to learn rather than what to learn to prepare students for jobs that don't exist yet.”

School Leaders: What is your learning culture?

In response to this dynamic environment, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in its paper, The Future of Education and Skills: Education 2030, emphasises the critical role of key skills that will be paramount in navigating the uncertainties of the future.

“Students will need to apply their knowledge in unknown and evolving circumstances.”

The necessary skills they’ve identified are as follows: problem-solving, resilience, risk-taking, adaptability, emotional intelligence, and critical thinking. The findings of the Nuffield Foundation’s Skills Imperative 2035 project reinforces the point that education systems that still emphasise content retention and rote learning, instead of these skills, run the risk of leaving their students deeply ill-prepared for life after school. 

“The consequences of having skills mismatches and failing to implement effective long-term education and training strategies focussed on skills could be detrimental on many levels.”

This is a stressful time for school leaders (though there likely haven’t been many relaxing times for school leaders!) and getting a head start on helping your student body develop the skills they will need to thrive a decade from now might feel like something that can wait a little while—until we remember that students beginning school this autumn will be going into the workforce in 2035. So, with that unsettling thought in mind (and yeah, I know, sorry about that…), take a moment to ask yourself: 

What is your school's learning culture?

We’d like to offer you a free resource we’ve put together to help you jump-start discussions about that very question with your leadership team.

And if there’s anything we can do to help you build the learning culture you want for your school and your community, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

MuchSmarter’s CPD programme focuses on empowering educators—so they can empower their students!

Our learning philosophy focuses on teaching students more effective habits of thinking, feeling, and learning in order to help them improve key traits like self-image, willingness to take risks, resilience, independence, and curiosity.

We focus on teaching the process of learning, rather than just on the material that students need to learn in order to make a grade, and on showing students and educators alike how to approach the learning process as a game of skill.

Our research-backed and evidence-based programme uses a blend of experiential learning, student stories, and group discussions to set an entire school staff on a unified path towards creating an engaging, empowering learning culture.

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I like MuchSmarter because I'm only ever competing against myself and not other people.

It makes practising fun and not stressful.

Betsy H., year 5
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I was getting less than one quarter of maths questions correct in practise. I worked on my maths fundamentals on MuchSmarter and wound up getting two-thirds of the questions correct on my final assessment!

Chris C., year 11

We help students become more capable, confident learners—and help them make the most of their minds—by teaching them to treat learning like a game.

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