History shows us that the top in-demand jobs of 2030 don’t yet exist. So it is our responsibility to apply the knowledge we have today to the opportunities that reveal themselves tomorrow. But our education system needs to change – perhaps radically – if it is to prepare our children to thrive in the twenty-first century.

This means looking further afield for ideas, whether in the high-tech halls of Silicon Valley, the exam factories of South Korea, or the inclusive classrooms of Finland. Around the world, countries are grappling with how to scale quality education for their youth. While the spread of schooling over the past century is one of the great global success stories, expansion has too often involved insufficient mastery of core content and thinking skills: what to teach, but also how to teach it.

Alex Beard spends much of his time searching the world for the most promising educational practices and sharing his discoveries with teachers, school leaders and policymakers in forty-six countries. Peter Hyman is co-Director of Big Education – a group of schools and programmes designed to change how education is done in the UK. Sugata Mitra was given the $1m TED Prize in 2013 to help build his visionary School in the Cloud, a creative online space where children from all over the world can gather to answer big questions, share knowledge, and benefit from the help and guidance of online educators. Bethany Koby has created the award-winning make-it-yourself kits that empower children to create with – rather than be fearful of, or passive towards – technology. Laura McInerney co-founded Teacher Tapp, a daily survey of teachers’ lives, pinpointing their struggles, opinions and aspirations.

Join us for a discussion between pioneers who are rethinking the components of the teaching and learning process—from curriculum to materials to teacher development – and who are looking in surprising places for their inspiration.


In association with City of London School.

Speakers

Alex Beard

Alex Beard

Alex Beard has worked in education for a decade. After starting out as an English teacher in an inner-city comprehensive, he completed his MA at the Institute of Education before joining Teach For All, a growing network of independent organizations working to ensure that all children fulfill their potential. He is the author of Natural Born Learners (2018), which takes readers on a dazzling world tour of the future of learning.

Alex Beard has worked in education for a decade. After starting out as an English teacher in an inner-city comprehensive, he completed his MA at the Institute of Education before joining Teach For All, a growing network of independent organizations working to ensure that all children fulfill their potential. He is the author of Natural Born Learners (2018), which takes readers on a dazzling world tour of the future of learning.

Peter Hyman

Peter Hyman

Peter Hyman is co-Director of Big Education – a group of schools and programmes designed to change how education is done in the UK.
He is the co-founder and the first headteacher of School 21, a pioneering 4 to 18 school that opened in Stratford, East London in 2012.
The school has a growing reputation for developing oracy (speaking) skills having set up Voice 21, a charity working with more than 300 schools across the country. It has also developed sophisticated programmes for real world learning, and wellbeing.
For nine years to 2003, Peter worked as a strategist and speechwriter to the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair. He left to become a teaching assistant in a challenging Islington school, rising to Deputy Head at Greenford High School in Southall. He is author of 1 out of 10, from Downing Street Vision to Classroom Reality.

Peter Hyman is co-Director of Big Education – a group of schools and programmes designed to change how education is done in the UK. He is the co-founder and the first headteacher of School 21, a pioneering 4 to 18 school that opened in Stratford, East London in 2012. The school has a growing reputation for developing oracy (speaking) skills having set up Voice 21, a charity working with more than 300 schools across the country. It has also developed sophisticated programmes for real world learning, and wellbeing. For nine years to 2003, Peter worked as a strategist and speechwriter to the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair. He left to become a teaching assistant in a challenging Islington school, rising to Deputy Head at Greenford High School in Southall. He is author of 1 out of 10, from Downing Street Vision to Classroom Reality.

Bethany Koby

Bethany Koby

Bethany Koby is a designer, educator and entrepreneur who co-founded Tech Will Save Us. In 2018, Koby was awarded Innovator of the Year at the Technology Playmaker Awards. She has also been named Barclay’s Entrepreneur of the Year, has spoken at TED Kids, Resonate and Maker Faire, to name a few, and contributed to Wired’s recent Generation Alpha report.

Bethany Koby is a designer, educator and entrepreneur who co-founded Tech Will Save Us. In 2018, Koby was awarded Innovator of the Year at the Technology Playmaker Awards. She has also been named Barclay’s Entrepreneur of the Year, has spoken at TED Kids, Resonate and Maker Faire, to name a few, and contributed to Wired’s recent Generation Alpha report.

Sugata Mitra

Sugata Mitra

Sugata Mitra is Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University. Much of his current research builds on the Hole in the Wall (HIW) experiment, instigated in 1999 while Mitra was chief scientist at NIIT, in which children were given free access to a computer embedded in a wall between his office and an Indian slum at Kalkaji, Delhi.
It inspired a debut novel by Vikas Swarup which went on to become the 2009 Oscar winning movie Slumdog Millionaire.

Sugata Mitra is Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University. Much of his current research builds on the Hole in the Wall (HIW) experiment, instigated in 1999 while Mitra was chief scientist at NIIT, in which children were given free access to a computer embedded in a wall between his office and an Indian slum at Kalkaji, Delhi. It inspired a debut novel by Vikas Swarup which went on to become the 2009 Oscar winning movie Slumdog Millionaire.

Laura McInerney

Laura McInerney

Laura McInerney is an education journalist for Schools Week and The Guardian and co-founder of Teacher Tapp, the daily survey tool uncovering the secret lives of teachers.

Laura McInerney is an education journalist for Schools Week and The Guardian and co-founder of Teacher Tapp, the daily survey tool uncovering the secret lives of teachers.

Venue

City of London School

107 Queen Victoria Street London EC4V 3AL