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Education: more tailored (lifelong) learning

Schools will have to continue using digital tools, Richard Goldstein, PwC’s Public Sector industry leader expects. At the same time, he foresees a development toward more tailored education. ‘The crisis has accelerated the digitization in education, and this is an advantage we should build on in a well thought-out manner.’

In many respects, education has still been following patterns dating back to the time of the industrial revolution, like indicating the start of lessons by means of a bell. Older teachers in particular continue working according to these patterns, while their pupils go on ahead in the use of digital tools. 

The crisis has enforced a change in this. Goldstein: ‘Before the pandemic, digital tools were mostly used to replace older versions of these tools, like whiteboards replacing the blackboards, or tablets and software taking the place of textbooks. For the future, we need to think of tailormade solutions that match the needs of individual pupils. From now on, the challenge will be to continue on this road, directed by the government who will have to free up budgets for this as well, and resist returning back to what was before.’

From a limited use of digital tools…

  • Digital tools were used to a limited extent, mostly to replace existing means and tools. Teachers with limited digital knowledge.
  • A basically outdated organization: standardized lessons aimed at groups and, generally speaking, not geared to future skills.
  • Operational challenges regarding ‘social distancing’ will continue to exist until further notice. ‘blended learning’

  • An increase in the use of digital tools, whether or not combined with ‘traditional’ tools, in other words ‘blended learning’.
  • Teachers are under a great deal of pressure and face the big challenge of extending and using their digital knowledge.
  • A crisis speeds up changes and provides momentum to digital possibilities: lessons and materials geared to individual needs.
  • Focus learning at all educational levels on sustainable skills to stimulate lifelong learning.
  • Exchanging ‘best practices’ as an inspiration to give further substance to ‘social distancing’.
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Richard Goldstein

Richard Goldstein

Industry Leader Publieke Sector PwC Europe en Nederland, PwC Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)88 792 50 48

Robert Loesberg

Robert Loesberg

Partner, Assurance Amsterdam, PwC Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)88 792 58 93