Charles LeadbeaterInnovation consultant Charles Leadbeater (left) has advised companies, cities and countries, and was one of the key advisers on personalisation to the Blair Government. But he's not one for ivory towers: he visited some of England's most pioneering schools for his recent collaboration with the Innovation Unit, ‘What’s Next? 21 Ideas for 21st Century Learning’.

For these ideas to catch fire, where would he put the match? “I would set the fire in Years 7, 8 and 9,” he says in an online interview with Futurelab. “And I would focus on trying to develop a new approach to a capabilities-based curriculum in the areas that create a different bridge from primary into secondary. I would really develop that and establish a different ethos. “...If you go to Cramlington [Cramlington Learning Village, Northumberland], you’ll find that Derek Wise started to do this, using ‘learning to learn’ as part of ICT 10 years ago. Then they started to do it in humanities and then they came together and started feeding it out across the curriculum from there."

You can read the full Charles Leadbeater article on the Futurelab website

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