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What’s the Point of Education?

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Traditionally education served the purpose of providing the tools to survive, but is this definition the full extent of its relevance to young people in 2020? In last October’s Big Education Conversation (BEC, watch video) ‘How Can We Better Prepare Young People for Their Future? we recognised that teaching ‘soft skills’ and harnessing individual interests and talents in a ‘learner-centric’ approach helped develop more well-rounded individuals, better equipped for adulthood. Yet many traditional institutions still teach old-fashioned curricular to new generations - resulting in poor outcomes. Building on this momentum, Smiley Movement has once again teamed up with inspirational NLE and positive disruptor Rachel Snape, The Kite TSA and Whole Education to deliver this second instalment of the Big Education Conversation - focusing on ‘What is the Point of Education? (in 2020)’ Joined by a panel of innovators and influential Speakers, we will hear inspiring visions and strategies for better Quality Education (UN Goal 4) and engage guests, academics, parents, millennials and the public to define the very purpose of education and discuss what needs to be done to make it more suitable for young people today. EVENT AIMS:

  • To spark open and inspired dialogue about the purpose of education in 2020 and how we can better prepare young people for their future
  • Keep the Big Education Conversation going beyond this event online on, in follow-up BEC events around the UK and amongst yourselves
  • Outline implementable outcomes and calls-to-action for teachers, parents, young people and wider society to support our vision for more impactful and inclusive education

Smiley Talks: What's the point of Education? - Highlights from Smiley Movement on Vimeo.

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Rachel Snape

Head Teacher/National Leader of Education, Head at The Kite TSA, and Flamingo of Hope

Rachel Snape

National Leader of Education, Headteacher of Spinney School, Head of Kite TSA and a Flamingo of Hope!

Lara Rathod

Moderator, Speaker, Facilitator, Creator & Host of the Red Sofa Conversations

Lara Rathod

Lara uses her voice to empower and uplift others as an authentic engaging speaker, facilitator, content creator and voice-over artist.

Anita Kerwin-Nye

Charity & Education Leader

Anita Kerwin-Nye

Charity leader and expert in school/charity collaboration, inclusion and access expert. Director of Strategy and Engagement YHA and Lead of Every Child Should, Former Head of Education at British Red Cross and Founder of Whole School SEND and The Communication Trust.

Dan Frost

Learning Technology Lead at Cambridge Assessment

Dan Frost

Dan Frost was one of the founding team of Shape Education to accelerate the changes educations needs to make to better serve society. He is the Learning Tech Lead in the New Product Department at Cambridge Assessment English, exploring new technology in education.

Loic Menzies

Chief Executive at The Centre for Education and Youth.

Loic Menzies

Loic has worked in education research, evaluation and policy for over ten years and is interested in how different aspects of education, youth services and wider society shape young people’s transitions to adulthood. He has authored numerous high profile reports on issues ranging from youth homelessness to teacher recruitment, all based on detailed qualitative and quantitative research.

Sebastien Chapleau

Director at Big Education Conversation (BEC)

Sebastien Chapleau

Sebastien is the Director of The Big Education Conversation. Prior to this, he was the Founding Headteacher of La Fontaine Academy and a Senior Education Organiser with Citizens UK.

John Wroe

Co-founder of Street Child United

John Wroe

John Wroe co-founded Street Child United prior to the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010. The charity is the proud organiser of the Street Child World Cup and Street Child Cricket World Cup.

Every Child Should & Youth Hostelling Association
Cambridge Assessment
The Kite TSA
Cambridge Judge School
Whole Education
The Big Education Conversation
Street Child United
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Who Attended (11)

Christina Medici

Head of Global Partnerships
at Smiley Movement (CIC)
  • Interests: Gender Equality
  • Offers: Business Development
  • Needs: Writing & Journalism

Omar James

Marketing and Engagement Coordinator
at Smiley Movement
  • Interests: Affordable and clean energy
  • Offers: Communications
  • Needs: Writing & Journalism

Rachel Yu

Partnership & Events Coordinator
at Smiley Movement
  • Interests: Climate Action
  • Offers: Project Management
  • Needs: Strategy Consulting

Imogen gemikonakli

at Grassruuts
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