Essay by franhigginson October 2014

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Schools failing to prepare us for later life

Essential Education encases us for eighteen years of our life, after our time in the safety of basic education we become like a fish out of water. Suddenly our lives aren't planned out for us and it's time for us to become independent individuals, we have to consider things like further education and all the complexities that accompany it. Further education such as university entails many more responsibilities and requirements that schools should have introduced us to long ago. But they didn't.

Schools solemnly focus on academic success; once a student has achieved the best potential GCSE's and A-levels the options afterwards are baffling, never mind being faced with the self-regulating tasks of living independently. Therefore time should also be focused on preparing us for the future, allowing the transition from sixth form/college to adult life much easier for us.

Nevertheless do not be wrongly perceived, schools do try and touch on these matters; it's just that these methods aren't extremely effective.

Lessons like personal development which takes place in years 7 and 9 briefly introduce skills crucial for later life such as first aid and CV writing. However these two topics were the extent of it. The rest of the lessons were based more around 'emotions', which is fine in earlier years but in year 9 just doesn't achieve anything. There are also university trips available for students whose parents never attended university, this gives these students an insight into university life, however students whose parents did go to university aren't able to experience these trips and remain clueless. Overall schools in general are lacking in providing us with this knowledge. And we have to ask ourselves: how can this change happen?

The solution to this issue is as clear as...