The future of teaching - Oxford Education Debate

Wednesday, 25 November 2009


The future of teaching is the subject of the latest Oxford Education Debate at the Westminster Institute of Education.

The future of teaching is the subject of the latest Oxford Education Debate at the Westminster Institute of Education.

What will teaching look like in 25 years? How will the role of teachers be reinvented? These are just some of the questions under the spotlight in the latest Oxford Education Debate at Oxford Brookes University’s Westminster Institute of Education on Monday 30 November.

Key note speaker, Dr Chris Yapp, has been involved in the ‘education futures’ scenarios for 20 years. He has worked on projects for the Futurelab organisation which aims to transform the way people learn through innovative technology. One such project ‘enquiring minds’ enables schoolchildren to take ownership of their own learning taking students’ ideas, interests and experiences as the starting point and providing them with more independence in steering and deciding the content of their learning.

His address will set the agenda for responses by Mike Reading, Principal of The Oxford Academy and Heidi Dennison, Assistant Head of Frank Wise School for children with special needs. Oxford Brookes education students and pupils from local schools will be involved in the break-out discussions.

By running the series of Oxford Education Debates, Hilary Lowe, Associate Dean of the Westminster Institute of Education, says Oxford Brookes University can give a strong voice to educationalists. The Institute is one of the country’s leading teaching training organisations.

“Where teachers, students, lecturers and experts come together to debate the issues, we have a real opportunity to solve some of the problems.

“We want to stem more local and national debate around education, picking up the mantle left by Prime Minister James Callaghan in his ground breaking speech in Oxford that went down in history as The Great Education Debate.”

Sir Tim Brighouse led the first of the debates in the summer with Dr Chris Yapp picking up the agenda in the second of the series. Developed with the National Education Trust, the debates are chaired by former BBC education journalist Mike Baker.

View highlights from the debate on Brookes TV.