Thursday, 28 January 2010

the centre for school design

This week saw the launch of the Centre for School Design. I was really sorry to have missed the launch, which I had been invited to attend just ages ago, and accepted. It's the nature of what I do. At times, I miss the things I would really like to get involved with.

What is The Centre for School Design? There's no point me trying to rephrase their details when the wording speaks for itself, so you will find it below!
This is such a needed enterprise - `I really do wish them the best of luck - I hope to get involved more and more (and next time i will even turn up!!) Please do accept my apologies anyway.

New ‘post bureaucratic age’ think tank puts school design centre stage

A new think tank which places design at the heart of the way the education system works was launched this week. It aims to lead national thinking and shape policy and practice in both education and the built environment, and harness the learning power of mass collaboration.

The Centre for School Design is an initiative from the British Council for School Environments (BCSE), and will be hosted by the charity.

Co-founder and BCSE chief executive Ty Goddard, said:

"We are at a crucial time in the cycle of UK government and public policy. Public sector budgets are being closely scrutinised and everyone is being asked to deliver more for less. We need an independent voice which can lead national debate on education, give authoritative guidance on best practice and value for money, and make the crucial links between design, educational function and achievement".

A key feature of the new body will be the use of the web, harnessing the power of social media to develop and inform the work of organisations across the sector. Elements of this work will include:

- a regular blog that shares ideas, materials and information in real time;

- the use of video, podcasts and other media to set the agenda;

- web 2.0 technologies to enable people to connect with each other and navigate their way through current challenges in education, design and construction;

- the development of a series of strategic partnerships with national bodies, and academic partners, to deliver and commission pioneering research.

Co-founder and BCSE deputy chief executive Ian Fordham added:

"We're heading into a post bureaucratic age when it comes to garnering expertise. Utilising the web and related technologies will give us the opportunity to capture a massive range of knowledge and expertise, as well as sharing what works in a collaborative online environment. We need to spread ideas as they happen and the web allows us to do this in ever more simple ways. There is a lot of talk of using the 'wisdom of crowds' to inform policy and practice on the ground -- we will make that a reality in the worlds of education and design."

In its first year, the organisation plans to launch a series of major projects, reports and events, including a collaboration with a national partner to identify emerging practice in tackling poverty and disadvantage through design and a national education summit to help shape education policy of the new government.

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Anonymous said...

".....collaboration with a national partner to identify emerging practice in tackling poverty and disadvantage through design ...." ?

Anonymous said...

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I don't mean this in a bad way, of course! Ethical concerns aside... I just hope that as technology further develops, the possibility of transferring our brains onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It's one of the things I really wish I could experience in my lifetime.

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