The Learning Revolution
The pandemic caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been like no other time in education history. It has challenged our view of education. Education is built into the DNA of nation building and this has led to an intense level of scrutiny and critical discussion. This new era provides an opportunity to change the landscape of education, ending the current industrial model grounded as it is in language, logic and recall. We have the opportunity to create a system which equips learners with the necessary skills, knowledge and habits of mind to thrive in what is becoming an increasingly unknowable future. Educators, parents, policymakers, awarding organisations and entrepreneurs all play a part in marshalling the power of innovation to transform and reimagine education. Join the Learning Revolution and be part of the change.
The Learning Revolution Conference will be held on 9 and 14 December 2020 2:00-4:00pm GMT. The 14th December will be an opportunity to explore the concepts discussed on the 9th in more depth. Our desire is to bring together those who want to rethink what education could and should look like by asking what is worth learning and how is it best learned? Looking at those who have created deep and sustained change, you will have the opportunity to hear from and about progressive giants and innovators who have led the way. Over the two days of the conference there will be the chance to discuss with other delegates as well as hear from a range of keynote speakers who have also sought to lead through change.
Who should attend:
If you have an interest in what education should look like in the light of all that has happened in the last 6 months, then please join with us and help shape the conversation around transformation.
Julie Margretta Wilson is a coach and advisor to school leaders, educational institutions, and foundations whose mission is to shape the future of education. She has over twenty years’ experience building effective learning environments that unlock human potential and enable organizational culture to adapt and grow during times of change.
She is the founder and executive director of Institute for the Future of Learning, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping transform the 'one size does not fit all' model of education. The Institute works with a diverse range of clients including public schools, independent schools, public charter schools, and educational philanthropic organizations.
Julie graduated from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education with a master’s degree in technology, innovation, and education, and a bachelor’s of arts in business administration and French from Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Her book, 'The Human Side of Changing Education' was published by Corwin Press.
Olly Newton spent 12 years in the Department for Education working on policies including 14-19 diplomas, raising the participation age and finally as Head of Apprenticeship Strategy.
Olly is now Executive Director of the Edge Foundation, where he oversees a programme of primary research, is lead author on all of the charity’s policy reports and runs the Edge Future Learning delivery programme for schools and colleges.
In his spare time, Olly volunteers with the Scout Association, is Enterprise Adviser for Firth Park Academy and supports community theatre in Sheffield.
Director of Curriculum and Information Services
Michael studied for a B.Sc. and M.Sc. at Queen’s University Belfast and for A Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering at the University of Ulster. He has published papers at Conferences and refereed journals and was an author for two magazines from 1994-1998.
He has worked in Further Education for 39 years, 24 years as a Lecturer in Electronic Engineering, Computing and CAD and 15 years as a senior manager and has gained a wide range of experiences in teaching, management and leadership.
Over the last 20 years He has focused on the development and integration of proprietary student management systems with bespoke solutions to create and integrated and intuitive experience for students and staff.
He won the Northern Ireland BT Award for IT innovation in 2002 and has won 3 BECTA National awards during his management career in 1998, 2010 and 2015 in the innovative use of IT systems in Teaching and Learning.
He has developed many international partnerships in the area of Project Based Learning (PBL) and Entrepreneurship. This Includes the international partnership on engineering training called CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate) as well as with TA3 (Trans Atlantic Technology and Training Alliance). He has developed close links with experts at TKNIKA in the Basque Country. He works with the Edge Foundation and serves as a member on their international experts group on PBL.
As Director of Curriculum and Information Services he currently manages the entire curriculum within SERC as well as all computing and information systems. The College has 4,500 full-time students and 8000 part-time students across 50 disciplines. These include further education, apprenticeships, higher education and special needs. He has implemented PBL and entrepreneurship across all these disciplines.