UK education sector is the model for many countries. It is a vast and diverse sector with a lot of institutions. The organisations are heterogeneous and differ in their size, infrastructure, focus, interest and strengths. The curriculum of the UK education is not same at the national level for schools and universities. However, the education system is based on the principle of providing quality of education. Certain standards are prescribed required to be attained that is some degree of achievement that a student needs to gain to reach a higher level. The UK education institutions are autonomous but are funded by individual bodies. These bodies have to ensure that quality education is provided.
The UK education system involves high competition and is characterised by the set pattern of exams. Students need to achieve a certain score to be awarded for next level. The level of exams in UK schools is becoming harder day by day, and it requires students to achieve higher grades. This has to lead to various kinds of health issues in the teenagers. The students are suffering from mental disorder and depression. This has created a very serious problem as the schools and universities in the UK are becoming difficult for the students day by day. To complete their mission of providing quality education schools are becoming intense for the teenagers. Also, teachers in schools are very much restricted and are forced to follow set guidelines. They are compelled to follow the strong curriculum which is of no use for children in future.
With the innovation and technological change, automation is taking the place of the requirement of human beings in each process. Machines will do a lot of work in future for which universities prepare their students. Also in the world of internet, students go online and study. They prefer to gain expert knowledge by listening to lectures online to gain more information that their teachers are not providing. Also, the jobs of the students are now becoming on a stake. Moreover, the UK education sector has approx 13 percent of the international market, and it contributes about 3 percent to the gross domestic product of the country. It is becoming essential for the schools and universities to change the education pattern so that their existence does not fade.
The world now is imposed by its fourth industrial revolution that is digitisation. The digital age is propelling the education sector to be more innovative with the use of Hi-tech technology. With the evolution of the educational landscape, intuitions need to do things in a way that is efficient and connected. Consolidation of campuses, colleges and classrooms are required to serve larger audiences which will help in coping up with success.
Predictions have been made that in 2017, institutions have to use hybrid IT technology for data storage and management. By doing this schools will be able to manage the process and can ensure compliance with technology will ensure the security of the data. A holistic security education will be emphasised as due to digitalisation access to the internet will be increased. It will become essential for the schools to provide end to end security to the IT infrastructure. It is also necessary that safety of students be taken into consideration and protection is done from many cyber attacks and human error breaches. Schools compulsory needs to follow the guidelines issued by the government to safeguard the children. In 2017, as the education of a student is no longer will be in the four walls of the classroom the curriculum will revolve around the media, digitalisation and cyber crime.
Also, it has been identified that the UK education needs a shift from basic subjects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). It is becoming important to adopt cyber learning skills to compete globally. In the UK it has been seen that students lack interest in learning the basic subjects (STEM). This has lead to decrease in the talent of the STEM skills. Also, the topics in which students are interested there is the lack of the desperate talent who will teach the subjects of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence. On the part of UK education system, it is becoming very important that it invest in teachers who are talented, skilled and expert. This will encourage and help the students in learning the new subjects in which they are interested.
In 2017 the concept of immersive learning is taken into consideration which will help technology in becoming the tool for learning. 3D printers, Google cardboards will be introduced by the schools for every student which will assist in making the educational environment more interactive. The four-walled classrooms will be no more in the education industry in 2017.
UK government is also making lots of reforms which will help in changing and supporting the Education system. It is making a broad range of reforms relating to fees, quality and administration. Also, the focus is on primary provisions for Teaching Excellence that will aim at increasing the funds for investment in skilled teachers and introducing reputational and financial incentives schemes. The reform packages will help in ensuring quality education with increasing level of employment opportunities for the graduates.
As education industry is emerging as the new frontier, institutions need to realise that by just buying the technology is not enough. It is essential that the transformation is very well implemented which will help in reaping the results from digitalisation. For successful education system, it is necessary that change is recognised on time which will contribute to support the future generation to learn and lead.