Despite having one of the most stable and reliable educational systems in the world, there are a number of challenges that are currently affecting the UK’s educational system. In the real sense, there are not new challenges but old challenges repackaged in a new box.
But, what is the real problem?
Parents think that schools are responsible for bringing a new change, while schools feel that it is the role of the government to bring the needed change. Clearly, the result of this blame game is an old solution, which never provides a durable solution to the present challenges.
Thus, there is a need for all the stakeholders to play their part. The government and other stakeholders must add efficiency in the education system by improving teaching and research among others. The best way to solve the challenges affecting UK education system is to first understand the challenges. Then, prioritise on the most relevant issues, and design a durable solution.
Major Challenges Facing UK Education and How to Overcome Them
The following are the major challenges facing UK education across the board:
#1. Building Digital Capacity – Use of technology plays a very critical role in captivating student’s experience. This has been a challenge for many learning institutions in the UK as training staffs do not have the necessary digital skills and capacity required to teach students. To counter this, institutions need to evaluate their staff digital skills and come up with strategies for staff development and build up training programs suitable for their context and role. Improving the digital skills for every staff is key for driving efficiency.
#2. Learning Analytics – This can become a powerful tool for improving learners’ experience. There is a need for involving students in the development of products and services. To solve this, institutions should develop apps to manage and monitor the progress of their students. Clearly, there need to be an improvement in students’ retention in order to enhance their achievements. Guidelines should be put in place so that information collected from teaching can be put into good use by learners.
#3. Research Challenges – Research management should be well handled at all levels. There are so many data management models in existence today. To negate this, learning institutions can employ shared version models that are developed by several representative bodies thereby giving institutions a plan for progress. Stakeholders should encourage the sharing of information that supports discovery, management, reuse and curation research purposes.
#4. Finding Suitable Jobs – After years of study, students find it hard to land a suitable job after graduation. This is because they do not have the capabilities and skills needed by employers. To solve this, there should be improved interactions so that there can be an understanding of the systems and processes used by various learning institutions to store and manage data about their learners. Students can be given a centralised single point for all of their information regardless of their location, or the institutions they are studying from. This would make it easier for them to gain the necessary skills needed by employers.
So what does all this mean?
It simply highlights the fact that there are many challenges affecting UK education. Nevertheless, above are the major issues affecting the quality of education, especially in higher learning institutions.
More ideas are welcome on how to address these challenges, but the above suggestions are great ideas that can bring a change in UK education. However, all concerned parties must play their part effectively so as to ensure a permanent solution to these challenges.