Future Proofing Students
Future Proofing Students
In an increasingly sophisticated and fluid job market, schools will have to adapt their thinking to prepare their students for an uncertain future. The landscape of the traditional labour market has shifted, the era of the lifelong career is changing, there is a shift from corporate career ladders to project based careers. We have to prepare young people for the jobs that don’t yet exist, to exploit opportunities and to create their own jobs and careers.
More and more employees today are temporary, contract, freelance, part-time or external. We may mourn the loss of pensions and the safety net that they represented, the loss of a predictable career path makes it hard to form plans but also allows for opportunities to pivot and change direction and provides ownership – future career paths will be made by having transferrable skills, being flexible and moving.
Top, innovative schools such as Babington House are focusing on empowering students and providing the skills to adapt to the new realities of the job market.
These leading schools encourage independent learning where students are taught not what to think but how to think. Creative problem solving, complex thinking skills and an innovative approach all provide students with the vital skills to look for opportunities and take a sideways look at an emerging job market.
Providing top of the range tablets and laptops enables pupils to exploit the ever changing world of information and communications technology and also teaches young people how to use an increasingly sophisticated virtual world safely, efficiently and responsibly. Future jobs will require a dexterity with new technology and this needs to form a core part of all subjects. Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths need to be balanced with Music, Sport the Arts and Humanities subjects so as to foster creativity and imagination.
Traditional subjects such as History are increasingly pertinent in a world bombarded with fake news and circumlocution, where young people need to be able to distinguish between opinion and fact. Subjects such as English, which focusses on meaning and sub-text, which highlights the significance of what is left out, as much as what is put into a narrative, are important skills for our young people to grasp.
Teamwork is going to be a vital skill in future jobs where employers will need efficient groups working together to deliver projects of increasing complexity on time and on budget. Compromising, resilience, sharing the credit and positive communication skills are becoming more and more important and should be actively taught in schools.
So a formal education with a broad-based curriculum which is firmly rooted in the future is of the utmost importance in schools, coupled with an imaginative approach to learning and a creativity to embrace change.
Tim Lello, Headmaster
Babington House School