A New Education Story: an insight series

Big Change, 29/09/20


As a whole new set of people and organisations have been forced to think about education and learning in new ways, we think the time is right to create a new education story. Our global insight series brings together a diverse and brilliant group of thinkers and leaders from around the world to discuss the possibilities of this period of global disruption to trigger big change in education.

You can follow the conversation by using the #NewEducationStory hashtag. Do read the articles and contribute your thoughts on TwitterInstagramLinkedIn and Facebook. Feel free to add it to your own articles or posts so we can widen the conversation. 

Prof. Dame Alison Peacock & Richard Culatta

Professor Dame Alison Peacock: Connection is Everything

Richard Culatta: Rethinking our Relationship with Technology in a Post-COVID World

Richard and Alison share their thoughts on the importance of connections and how we can use the pandemic as an opportunity to rethink our relationship with technology.

“If we are to move beyond the current system that condemns a third of our youngsters to failure, we have much to gain by recognising the potential of technology.”

Prof. Dame Alison Peacock, CEO, Chartered College of Teaching

Rebecca and Gregg share their thoughts on the role of parents and carers in children’s learning.

“[During the Covid-19 lockdown], parents and caregivers got a firsthand glimpse at digital-age teaching, with all its difficulties and joys. Teachers, meanwhile, peered into kitchens and living rooms and saw, more clearly than ever, what matters to families at home. What if this up-close clarity were permanent?”

Rebecca Winthrop, Senior Fellow, Co-Director, Center for Universal Education, The Brookings Institution

Simon Sinek & George the Poet

Why education is an infinite game, but school is not

George and Simon reflect on their own education stories, why education is an infinite game and where a thirst for learning comes from.

“Do people change their games, or do they change the way they play?”

George the Poet, spoken-word artist, poet, rapper, and podcast host

Adam Grant & Otto Scharmer

Adam Grant: It’s Time to Teach Collaboration

Otto Scharmer: School for Transformation: Democratize Access to Transformation Literacy

Adam and Otto talk about the need for collaboration over individual learning.

“Most of our current educational models fail in two significant ways; they focus on the head (instead of head, heart and hand); and they focus on individual performance instead of capacity for collaborative action.”

Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer, MIT and Founding Chair, Presencing Institute

Tom fletcher & andreas schleicher

The “whole-society” education conversation this moment needs

Tom and Andreas shared their views on a whole-society approach to education, and reasons to be hopeful about the future.

“Without this crisis, the exams would have been in place in the same form for another 20 years. Now, you can see, well, why don’t we incorporate teachers’ judgment into this, and students’ experiences, portfolios, or school marks? Suddenly you can see a whole discussion opening up.”

Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills, OECD

Holly Branson & Stephen Tierney

A new education story – what’s the purpose of it all?

Holly and Stephen spoke about purpose of education, ask questions about what we need to measure in schools and how we use this moment of global disruption to bring about long-term change.

“Things that genuinely matter are no longer considered important simply because they are not measured. Currently, standardised testing tells us more about a school’s intake than its effectiveness. For schools serving the more disadvantaged communities, this is doing more harm than good.”

Stephen Tierney, Chair of Headteachers’ Roundtable & Author

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