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If school is the problem, what is the solution?

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 18:00 to 20:00
Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK7 6AA

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary, Peter Twining, Professor of Education (Futures), will deliver his inaugural lecture on what the future holds for schools. He will ask if there is mismatch between how children learn and formal learning and invite a panel to give their views on information and communications technology in schools.

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Discussing fundamental problems in the current education system, Professor Peter Twining will explore:

  • how people learn, and thus how schools should support learning
  • how the world is changing, and thus how school curricula should change
  • the key barrier(s) to moving towards his vision for education of school age learners
  • potential ways forward

Following his input Peter will invite a panel to give their views on what fit for purpose schooling would look like. This will be followed by discussion between the audience, Peter and the panel.

Watch what Professor Twining has to say about his lecture in the trailer video below:

If school is the problem, what is the solution?

About Professor Peter Twining

Peter Twining is Professor of Education (Futures) at The Open University. He has been a primary school teacher, initial teacher educator, the Head of Department of Education at The Open University, the Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology, and Co-Editor in Chief of Computers & Education. Peter has brought in over £10 million of external funding to The Open University, primarily linked with his focus on the future of education, building upon his understandings of pedagogy, teacher professional learning, educational change, and the role of digital technology in and on schooling.

Read more about Professor Peter Twining

Event Programme

Timings Item
17:15 - 18:00 Tea/coffee on arrival
18:00 - 18:50 Inaugural lecture: If school is the problem, what is the solution?
18:50 - 19:00 Break
19:00 - 19:20

Panel views: 

James Pilgrim, Headteacher, Kents Hill Park School

Poppy Petrou, 18-year old ex student at Summerhill, co-educational boarding school in Suffolk

Mike Wood, Chair of the Centre for Personalised Education, expert on home education and flexi schooling

Professor Stephen Heppell, a leading voice on the role of ICT in learning and Professor of New Media Environments at the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice at Bournemouth University

19:20 - 20:00 Q&A plus closing
20:00 - 21:00 Drinks reception