Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Schools of the Future and 21st century learning - common views join together

Tim Byles, Chief Executive, Partnership for Schools answering questions
There are so many conferences and workshops right now about BSF, learning and a whole range of other education issues that deciding which ones, if any, are worth attending can be difficult. The deciding factor must always be the quality of the event and the usefulness of the information that is given. That can be hard to decide in advance, but having high quality speakers always helps.
Enthusiasm abounded today at the first Education Guardian BSF Conference 2008 in London. The pacy presentations followed all aspects of BSF, from policy to practice, ensuring high quality design followed a variety of seminars covering stakeholder engagement, sustainabilty, responding to personalised learning, the need for real input from students and the vital role that FF&E should play in creating agile learning spaces.
A first rate team of twenty one speakers including Tim Byles, Russell Andrews (both PfS), Sir George Sorrell (Sorrell Foundation), Richard Simmons (CABE) and so many more ensured quality presentations and debate with lots of opportunities for questions.
As ever the networking between professionals at these events is always useful.
Seeing so many people dedicated to improving learning opportunities for our young people always makes me wonder just why so many other people find it so hard to accept that learning has to change. It may seem obvious to all of us, but the understanding is certainly not universal. There really is a lot to do to keep engaging people in the journey that has to take place.
(from l-r:Jane Briginshaw, Hd of Design DCSF, Mairi Johnson, Director of Design PfS, Mike Foster, Project Director Transformation, Sunderland BSF, Keith Pappa BDP, Richard Sommons, Chief Executive, CABE, Ruth Kennedy, Chair.


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