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Pupils must be allowed to fail.

Pupils must be allowed to fail.

There’s a mantra in Silicon Valley: “Fail fast, fail often.” It’s good enough for some of the world’s most innovative and powerful companies, but it’s not deemed as appropriate for pupils in UK schools. In the current seemingly assessment-obsessed education system, there’s a ubiquitous fear of failure and pupils are terrified to make mistakes. Our education system has not evolved and adapted enough to keep up to the pace with which the real world is moving. Is it because of the cost of change or fear of failure that the UK’s education system doesn’t deliver for all pupils in a time of rapid technological development and global uncertainty?

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