The Educated Guess by Warwick Sharp

January 8, 2020

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Why challenging invisible biases could help us all when we make education choices…

Education opens the door to the future. It allows us to go wherever our hard work and talents can take us. People who have had a good education can enjoy the full share of citizenship, shape the world around them, and enrich their own lives and the lives of others.

Making poor educational choices

When I think back to the choices I made regarding my own education, I’m disappointed with myself for throwing away what opportunities could have been open to me. If only I had applied myself in the right way and not squandered the teachings I’d received. Hindsight, of course, is a wonderful thing. Allowing us to see the whole the picture rather than the blinkered viewpoint we have at the time.

Choosing a better educational path for my children

When I became a parent, I like most other parents, wanted the best for my children. With education a focal point in the path that I wanted to direct them down. Ensuring that they had all the opportunities available to them and to hopefully advise them that getting a good education is vital. Everything else will lead off after they have an education under their belts.

The Educated Guess by Warwick Sharp

A stack of flyers on a table

The Educated Guess is the first book in a new series exploring how we commonly think about education. By drawing on wide-ranging expertise and advice from many sources, it lifts the lid on our widely held views and discusses how they play out.

The aim of this flagship book is to help anyone facing decisions about education – from choosing schools through to deciding on the best qualification options – spot the invisible biases we all have and make better choices.

Thoughts on The Educated Guess

This book was really thought-provoking, challenging me to think about the decisions I have made for my children in terms of their education. Allowing me to see things from a different viewpoint without it undermining decisions and options that I have had made previously. Psychological, social, and educational considerations throughout the book will have you thinking about the bigger picture as well as the pathway in front of you as a parent making educational decisions for your own children.

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About the author

Warwick Sharp is ideally placed to explore how this decision-making process applies to education. He has a decade of experience in education policy, has been a teacher and a governor, and has visited over 100 education institutions. In this book, Warwick draws on a huge range of research and evidence, bringing in advice and expertise from many sources.

Where can I buy The Educated Guess?

The Educated Guess by Warwick Sharp is available to buy from Amazon. Published in both paperback and Kindle editions.

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The Educated Guess
  • Susie Wilkinson January 8, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    We live in a more rural area, so our biggest worry is getting into a school which is not too far away

  • Solange January 8, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    Location and extracurricular activities.

  • Anosa January 9, 2020 at 8:28 am

    This sounds like a really good book, I am glad my parents made decisions that helped enrich our education as we grew up and I want the same for my kids.

  • Sally Collingwood January 9, 2020 at 10:02 am

    We live in the countryside and the schools are limited, so it is difficult to make the right choices

  • Kathleen Marsden January 9, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    School standards fluctuate so much I don’t really know what we’re going to land in. We don’t really have a choice. You have to live near the school you want otherwise you’re out to tender

  • Chloe Davies January 9, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    That they will be encouraged to be individuals, to try their best but not expected to fit in a very small box because ‘guidelines’ say that’s the box they should fit into, and that they will be valued for the very special little people they are.

  • Cassie Mayers January 9, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    This sounds a great book., I do think about children’s education a lot and have a lot of opinions on it so it could be a good read for me.

  • What Mum Loves January 9, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Kian’s education is one of the topics that I never stop thinking about. I always question myself if I am making the right choices for his life. It is a never-ending battle in my head, but at the end of the day I know that we are privileged to be living in a safe, modern country, where all kids have access to education, and that is priceless.

  • fiona waterworth January 9, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    We were lucky our children got into the schools they wanted so that was one worry taken care of, however the headmistress at one of the schools retired and now the whole feeling of the school has changed for the worst and I fear the next child in will have to change schools

  • Laura Pritchard January 9, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    That the kids’ behaviour is good & that the school isn’t rough – I worry about my son getting bullied in secondary school – for me his mental health is much more important than academic performance.

  • Nicola January 9, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    This sounds like a really good book. Whilst I don’t have children right now I do think about furture children and the importance of a good education.

  • Megan Kinsey January 9, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    I’m concerned there won’t be enough focus on critical thinking and self-expression, with all the cuts to the arts and music.

  • Julia Kerr January 9, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    How the school prevents bullying, and whether it actually happens rather than just having a procedure that isn’t worth the paper it’s written on

  • belinda hendry January 10, 2020 at 4:22 am

    sounds brilliant

  • Natalie Burgess January 10, 2020 at 8:38 am

    Im worried because she will be leaving all her pre school friends x

  • Lisa Wilkinson January 10, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    The main thing that concerns me is bullying

  • Kara Guppy January 11, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Funnily enough I have just been chatting to a teacher friend and she is really unhappy that she sent her son to a grammar school as the focus is all on academic work, rather than a good mix and he has lost his love of learning

  • Laura January 11, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    With three kids, and one with Autism, education and schools are one of our highest stresses. This year especially we have two potentially changing schools.

  • Rebecca Smith January 11, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    I really enjoyed this book – it really got me thinking about the different educational choices we make and how we can help our children.

  • Rachael January 12, 2020 at 8:57 am

    This sounds like it could be a really interesting read. I look back now and think how much education I threw away, I think If I had understood the ramifications a bit more or had someone who could explain things to me in a way that made a bit more sense, then I probably would have applied myself more. Its something that I am aware of when making choices for my children too.

  • belinda hendry January 12, 2020 at 9:01 am


  • Rich Tyler January 18, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    If they’ll make friends

  • Troy Easton January 22, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    How many people are at the school so my children don’t get lost in the class with too many people to look after and the rep of the school to know it’s doing well and there wont be any bullying.

  • Laura Green January 25, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    that they will get bullied is a big concern of mine.

  • Geri Gregg January 26, 2020 at 9:23 am

    When my son starts school I’ll be worried about bullying, the distance between home and school and when hes older, the journey to and from school he’ll be taking alone

  • Maria Jane Knight January 26, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    I worrying about bullying, and how the school would deal with it.

  • Andrew Hindley January 26, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    That they will like the school and not get bullied

  • Eilean Fraoich January 26, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    We dont get a choice so just have to hope for the best which is a worry in itself.

  • Kim Neville January 26, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Location and how well the school is doing and how it deals with bullying

  • natalie s January 26, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Worry whether we’ll get into the school, what the teaching is like, how big the class sizes are, the location and how my daughter will get in and how I will then get to work!

  • Darren Bourne January 26, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    That they are safe and happy but also challenged academically.

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