Friday 14th October
What, really, is learning for? What is the job that we need education systems to do for us?
||Valerie Hannon believes that we will not get the changes we need in education – from pedagogy, to curriculum, to issues of assessment and indeed equity – unless we re-examine the fundamental purposes of learning. And to do that means we need to examine what it is we know about the future. We know a good deal; but we choose to ignore it.
Valerie suggests that education’s purposes can be grouped around one big idea: and four expansions of it. It’s about thriving
: at the planetary, societal, interpersonal and intra-personal levels. And if we take thriving
seriously, we have to rethink what we are doing. In this scenario, outdoor learning becomes central, and not peripheral, to the task. In this keynote and participative session, Valerie will explore what this means for us in the UK, and share some inspiring practice from across the world.
Valerie Hannon began her professional career as a teacher of maths in secondary schools. She became Director of Education for Derbyshire, and then adviser to DfEE on creativity, and a founding Director of the Innovation Unit. She has been consultant in support of change programmes in numerous systems, including the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and Africa. Valerie is senior consultant to the OECD Innovative Learning Environments programme, and a contributor and adviser to the World Summit on Innovation in Education (WISE).
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