We need a more rounded system of education in the UK, one that values the arts and humanities as much as science and technology.
The metaphor I have chosen is that of the stem cell. Embryonic stem cells are pluripotent, meaning they can be become any type of cell. Children are the same: they can become any type of adult, given the right environment and opportunities.
STEMCELL is also an acronym for the broad range of skills, knowledge and abilities our children will need to meet the social, economic and ecological challenges of the 21st century:
Science
Technology
Engineering
Maths
Creativity
Empathy
Language
Leadership