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What if… radical and inspiring ideas for alternative education futures

Introducing 'What If?' | UCL Institute of Education

Director of the UCL Institute of Education, Professor Becky Francis, announces the launch of a new public engagement series of events.

Through this series we’ll be bringing together a range of commentators – academics, politicians, practitioners, policy wonks – and pushing them to bring some radical new thinking to some of the apparently intractable issues within education, not least the English education system.

This can help all of us reflect on the status quo, celebrate progress but also consider how we might change things for the better to achieve commonly held goals for our education system and what it can do for us all.

Join us in the debate and let your opinion be heard


What's On

What if… we really wanted evidence-informed practice in the classroom?

There’s been a big push to get classroom practice shaped by evidence of ‘what works’. This has been largely inspired by advances in healthcare, where the use of research trials and national guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes is more established.

Starts: Jan 23, 2018 5:45:00 PM

What if… we really wanted to support schools facing the greatest challenge?

Some schools have made a name for themselves in performing ‘against the odds’, their pupils chalking up impressive achievements in national tests and exams. But still there remains a link between schools’ circumstances and their performance, and some glaring geographical disparities.

Starts: Feb 6, 2018 5:45:00 PM

What if… we wanted all kids to love maths?

We use maths in every aspect of our lives. We need numeracy at work, as citizens to make sense of economic news, as patients to understand risks, as consumers to work out the best deal; the list goes on.

Starts: Mar 6, 2018 5:45:00 PM


We will be live streaming these events via UCL Live. The recordings will be available on our website in both video and podcast format following the events.

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