Channel university savings into intensive one-to-one help for the youngest: once every seven-year-old can read, write and add up, the rest of education is easy.
The second part of that sentence actually makes sense. Congratulations.
So, let\’s look around the world and see if there are any other education systems that manage this, getting every 7 year old essentially literate and numerate.
Hmm. What\’s that? You say the Finnish system does this? Or the Swedish? Italian? Korean, Japanese?
I\’ve no idea whether they do or not but if we find one that does then we need to ask the next question. How do they manage this? Is it by spending more money per pupil? I know, for example, that the Finnish system does not.
Ah, thus we come back to our old favourite. It isn\’t how much money you spend, it is how you spend it that matters. I certainly think hte UK school system could be better: so let\’s go and copy the systems which are better shall we, rather than simply screaming that we must spend more money?