I have in mind to write a new article on what school education will look like in 2026 - I'm sure some of you wags will have some fun. But in seriousness - a ten year gap. What will have changed? I think it worth giving some themes: Qualifications - really, I can't see GCSEs in their present form continuing. Like level descriptors, they are one of the worst drivers of dreadful teaching. Like level descriptors they will go. Indeed, my futurologist nose tells me that the 'online' check of children's times table learning suggests that the 'cost-effective' side of the government sees the future as being as digital as possible and that GCSEs are an expensive monolith. They will try to remove as much human and physical involvement from the process as possible and reduce it to as much automated and digitised content as they can. I also see the testing being outsourced. Schools will no longer host whatever assessment of learning emerge - instead, this will be spun off to online centres such as the ones that already exist for driving tests etc. Exercise books and green pen dialogic marking. Yes, it doesn't take a 4 year old to point to the schism between those born into a tablet life and those born before. It will be a line in the sand and we forever will see that line as one of the major changes that affected young people. In short, paper books will go and students will operate a life long ePortfolio held in the cloud and added to as they move from education establishment to education establishment. You won't need tracking data for a student, you'll be able to see all of their work online. Feedback. Already our lives are dominated by feedback through push notifications - not just about ourselves but about others. Automated feedback will be pushed to parents', virtual teachers and children themselves. This process will be as automated as possible. Having humans write feedback in pen on paper is a labour intensive method and often could be bettered by computer if the feedback is anything other than personalised and subjective. Even now, I am typing at 50wpm on a keyboard rather than handwriting this. How much quicker is it? How much more effective is it to write as fast as I think rather than waiting ponderously for my handwriting to catch up with my thoughts. These time and motion people in charge of academies are already looking for every possible efficiency initiative. School buildings. I don't see much change here. Classes of 32, scruffy chairs, food halls, dusty unused IWB - the fabric of the building will be similar. The investment will be in mobile and cloud technology to manage the learning. If anything, there will be more convergence - more facilities opened up, at a price, to local users. Teachers - well, where do you start? Qualified? Certainly. But a far greater range of teachers. Instead of one teacher who can do everything, the specialist qualified teacher will earn more but there will be fewer of them. Already we see a new hierarchy - TA, Cover Supervisor, Unqualified teacher, QTS only teacher, QTS with PGCE, QTS with PGCE and Masters, Non-teaching executive teachers, non-teaching trustees of trusts and alliances. Thus instead of 'teacher' there will be a huge range of roles in schools of which teacher will be just one of them and there will be fewer of them. And many more themes - students, profit making, home schooling, LA maintained schools (especially primary): I am sure some will suggest some interesting themes and visions. It sure will make a change from predicting doom. Or not depending on who replies!