What kind of world will our children inhabit in 2035?

Will our children and young people feel loved, safe and listened to? By 2035, will England be a country that works for all children and what will children’s services look like by then?


Of course, it is impossible to predict the realities of 2035 because there are any number of social, political and economic factors that will impact on our trajectory across the coming fifteen years.

However, England is currently preoccupied with a debate with itself about its identity and its future direction. Brexit and the politics of identity are shaping the debate, and by extension, the lives of our children and young people for many, many years to come.

The process you use to get to the future is the future you get

Myron’s Maxims

It feels like we are at a crossroads. Now is the time to debate, reflect and reappraise our leadership, funding arrangements, decision making and strategic assumptions as part of the national debate.

The Project 2035 scenarios have been designed as a framework to help us think through these issues. It is a tool for discussing, arguing debating and planning. The four scenarios are provocative and engaging but also useful to guide difficult conversations around, the role of professionals, citizen rights and responsibilities, leadership and workforce development.

Welcome to 2035!

Jump in to our four worlds and see if and how England can be a country that works for all children.

Jane Parfrement
Chief Executive, The Staff College
Project 2035

Explore the worlds…

Examine four future scenarios and learn how they have evolved, hear first-hand from people in those worlds.

How to use these scenarios

There are several ways to engage with this work. Here's a quick guide to the different ways it can support you and your organisation.

About this project

How we created this project and additional resources you may find helpful.