The purposes of education
In developing the draft strategy, we have reflected on the purposes of education, and developed a model reflecting our values in Camden. Education has the power to transform lives. It nurtures and develops individuals, allowing them to thrive. We believe it also has an essential role in helping individuals grow as good citizens, ambitious for change, and able to contribute positively to their communities and society. Education can shape the values of future generations to create a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable society.
We want all young people to leave Camden schools as:
To achieve this, we will provide an excellent education for every child in our schools. We also recognise the importance of home learning and early childhood development and we want to ensure that all young people, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, move into adulthood as confident learners. Our ambitions are for:
These ambitions rest on the two pillars of equity and excellence . Our schools do not have to choose between achieving academic excellence or supporting children who start from a position of disadvantage. A system which is better for disadvantaged children is better for everyone.
Achieving this vision demands a curriculum that is inclusive, inspiring, creative and horizon-broadening. We are committed to providing enrichment experiences for every child. We see this enrichment as a right for every child, not just for those whose families can afford it.
Camden entitlement pledge
This pledge promises every pupil in a Camden school the opportunity to:
Our four foundations
Underpinning the pillars of equity and excellence are four foundations to enable us to achieve the change set out in this strategy.