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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 to prepare young people for the age of artificial intelligence? 

There’s a lot of talk at the moment about robots and artificial intelligence and how they are bringing about a ‘fourth industrial revolution’ in which occupations and the labour market, right up to the top professions like medicine and law, will be transformed. In this context, what kind of education will young people need to prosper, and can our current curriculum and testing regime deliver it?

Starts: Apr 24, 2018 5:45:00 PM

What if… we were able to say more about how the brain learns?

The rise of neuroscience within education, as in other spheres, has been dramatic, so much so that accusations of ‘neuro mania’ and warnings about ‘neuro myths’ have become common place. Are we correct to pin our hopes on this field as a means of improving learning and attainment?

Starts: May 15, 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: Jun 12, 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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