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Big Education Conversation: What’s the point of Education?

Smiley Movement & The Kite TSA Presents the Big Education Conversation – What’s the point of Education?

For much of human history, education has served an important purpose – to provide us with tools to survive.  But, should survival be the extent of young people’s life aspirations today?

In October’s Big Education Conversation in Cambridge (‘How Can We Better Prepare Young People for Their Future?), we recognised that teaching ‘soft skills’ and harnessing interests and talents in a more ‘learner-centric’ approach helps develop more well-rounded individuals, who are better equipped for adulthood.

Yet traditional institutions still teach old fashioned curricular to new generations, often resulting in poor outcomes.

In this second edition of the Big Education Conversation, Smiley Movement has once again teamed up with National Leader of Education Rachel Snape, The Kite TSA and Whole Education, to look at the bigger picture of education. Joined by expert speakers, guests and young people, we will be going on a quest to find out:

  • What is the point of education today? Is it still just about finding a job?
  • What does successful education look like?
  • What do millennials look for in the workplace? What are they passionate about?
  • Should soft-skills (communication, work-ethic, creative-thinking, teamwork, time-management, problem-solving etc) be taught at home or at school?
  • Are schools doing enough to harness individual talents and interests?
  • What role do schools play in nurturing a sense of identity, purpose & sustainability in young people?
  • What role does education play in social entrepreneurial skills? Becoming changemakers, innovators and having a positive influence on society?
  • Should schools educate young people about the volunteering and doing charity work in the UK/world? Including the incredible personal journey and skills development a career in a non-profit provides?
  • How do young people define happiness? (Success? Freedom? Love? Self-Fulfilment? Something else?)
  • How does education contribute to achieving all of this?

Educational needs are changing and our mission to understand ‘how can we better prepare young people for their future?’ continues.  What remains unchanged is education’s power to positively transformation young people’s lives. We believe we owe it to them, to our children, to future generations and our planet to get it right.

Join us on the 4th March at 6.30pm at the Milton Road Primary School in Cambridge, and join the conversation with an inspiring mix of speakers from millennials, academics, innovators and disruptors about their vision for the purpose of education, and how we can all support it.

Agenda
  • 6pm- 6.35pm Registration
  • 6.35pm- 6.40pm – Introduction to Smiley TALKS (5 mins)
  • 6.40pm-7.10pm- Opening Speech by NLE Rae Snape & Keynote (30 mins)
  • 7.10pm- 8.10pm- Moderated Panel discussion & Audience Q&A (1 hour)
  • 8.10pm- 8.55pm Workshop: Audience breaks out in groups to discuss ‘what’s the point of education’ soft-chaired by Speakers, and share learnings with the room
  • 8.55pm – 9pm – Closing Remarks & Calls to Action
  • 9pm- 10pm -Networking session & refreshments
  • 10pm Event Ends

Click here to book your place.

 

 

 

Watch the highlights from the Big Education Conversation Cambridge

Our ‘Big Education Conversation’ event in collaboration with Smiley Movement was an inspiring evening. Powerful discussions and an engaging workshop led by the fantastic Rae Snape were all part of this Smiley TALK. 

“Think not only of what we teach children, but how we teach them. – Education has a transformative power, and all children and young people can benefit from it.”

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Highlights Video here

Think outside the box POSTPONED

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

 

The Big Education Conversation is taking place at the Bradfield Centre (a world-class collaboration space) on evening of Thursday 28th March.  Teachers, headteachers and those connected with education will be joining the lively discussion and we’re very privileged to have an influential line-up of speakers. Some people have had difficulty registering for this FREE event.  We recommend going to this site via Chrome outside of Central Host. However, if you have any difficulties please feel free to contact Suzie at kitetsa@spinney.cambs.sch.uk

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