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What’s the point of school?

We hear so much about school from the perspective of adults – teachers, parents, politicians. But what do children think about school? And what role will it really play for them – not just on paper, but in the fabric of their lives? This will be a report from the half-way point of a project (to be published by Penguin /Bodley Head in 2024) that has involved me visiting schools around the country and talking to kids, parents and experts about the real function of school in British society.



Sammy Wright is a Deputy Head of a Secondary in Sunderland, author of the prize-winning novel Fit, and ex-member of the Social Mobility Commission.

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