learning for the 21st century
The Big Education Conversation
The Herefordshire event was one of a small number of national pilot Big Education Conversations helping to shape and support future education initiatives through one-day events.
The Big Education Conversation was inspired by the book 'Education Forward', a collection of 'provocations' that looks toward the knowledge, skills and dispositions that our children will need in their 21st century future in order to thrive.
The Big Education Conversation is described by Education Forward as:
A wide range of events and opportunities for people to talk about the kind of education we want to see for our kids' futures. It’s a brand – owned by no-one, but shared by everyone – that will demonstrate to governments and policy makers that a whole other conversation is taking place. It’s one that isn’t driven by ‘what works’ arguments, or traditional vs progressive squabbles. Instead it looks at big picture issues like “What’s the purpose of public education in the 21st century'”, “What are the skills our kids will need so they’re not replaced by robots?”, and “Do we still need standardised testing?”.