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Tony Little talks about his controversial new book: An Intelligent Person's Guide to Education

27th November 2015
Venue: St Peter's Church, Oundle PE8 4Al
Time: 7.45 - 8.45

What is education for? What kind of people does society need? Have we become a nation 'over schooled and under educated'? Tony Little, recently retired Headmaster of Eton, the world's most celebrated school, provides a unique insight into these fundamental questions about how we approach education and make our schoolchildren fit for the modern world.

There is a crisis in the British education system. Year on year GCSE and A Level pupils post better exam results, with more students achieving top grades. Yet business leaders and employers complain bitterly that our schools are not producing people fit for purpose. Far from being locked in an ivory tower, a bastion of privilege, Mr Little has used his time as a teacher and headmaster to get to grips with fundamental questions concerning education. He wants to produce people fit to work in the modern world. How do children absorb information? What kind of people does society need? What is education for? Not only is the author one of the great reforming headmasters of our time but he has planted Academies in the East end of London, founded a state boarding school near Windsor and yet is a passionate advocate of single sex schools.

This book is not a text book for colleges of education - it is a book to enlighten the teaching profession and just as much for anxious parents. The book is simply arranged under topics such as authority, expectations, progress, self-confidence, sex, crises and creativity.

Tony Little thinks it is time to ask some fundamental questions, and to make brave decisions about how we make our schools and our schoolchildren fit for purpose.

Tony Little was educated at Eton College and has taught at various schools in the UK. He has led three schools over the past 25 years and was appointed Headmaster of Eton in 2002. Working with state and independent institutions at home and abroad he has become a passionate believer in the transformative effect of good, modern boarding schools.

Here is a man who has spent a lifetime getting to know children well, and has been thinking as hard about what they need as their parents have … [An Intelligent Person's Guide to Education] is a humane and committed introduction to how the rest of us, parents and teachers alike, can use our own common sense” –  Daily Telegraph

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