The Shape of Things to Come: Personalised learning through collaboration

By Charles Leadbeater
Published by Department for Education and Skills in association with National College for School Leadership, 2005

The Shape of Things to Come explicitly links two policy agendas which are deeply interconnected but have often been treated as if they are separate: personalising learning and school collaboration. The argument here is that if our aspiration is personalisation for all learners, schools will need to work together to achieve it. Personalising learning relies on getting young people to ‘invest’ in their education. The term is used metaphorically, pointing to the need for learners to be much more profoundly engaged in the process of learning. To achieve this, schools need to use resources flexibly and creatively, especially in partnership, and reach beyond the boundaries of the classroom and the school. The best way to handle the increased complexity this entails is through school networks and collaborators with other stakeholders.

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