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Bett Pi Ptoolkit

  1. 1. Clara Lemon [email_address] “ I have to plan, I have to make serious and long term decisions that will affect education in my local authority for the next 20 – 50 years – but I haven’t got any tools to help me think that far ahead” (Local Authority Education Advisor) www.beyondcurrenthorizons.org.uk
  2. 2. Thinking about ‘the future’ in education can be… <ul><li>Tricky/ Time constrained </li></ul><ul><ul><li>… I haven’t got time to think about the future, I’m just trying to get through today </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tacit & invisible </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ this is what happened in the past, this is what we’re doing now’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Taken for granted </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ the future knowledge economy of the 21 st century’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technologically determinist </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ futuristic schools’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(building on Noel Gough, 1990) </li></ul></ul>www.beyondcurrenthorizons.org.uk
  3. 3. I’m busy – so why think about the world in 2025? <ul><li>What is this all for? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is education for? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparing children now for the world they will enter as young adults? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Inform your current actions and plans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BSF has long-term implications, decisions we make now will shape 2025 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Create your preferred futures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We are agents in the future that is created, what do you want to avoid? What do you want to create? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Systematic thinking informing current actions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Looking at evidence and trends now we can project what possible futures might come about </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test plans and strategies against possible futures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support informed actions </li></ul></ul>www.beyondcurrenthorizons.org.uk
  4. 4. <ul><ul><li>Resist the temptation of ‘predictions’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenge taken-for-granted assumptions about ‘the future’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore and understand a very wide range of real future possibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand which factors might cause these potential futures to come to pass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop plans and strategies that are sustainable in multiple potential futures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider the potential implications of actions now on possible futures </li></ul></ul>Beyond Current Horizons programme – building the capacity of UK educators to … to systematically investigate futures www.beyondcurrenthorizons.org.uk
  5. 5. How would your strategy work if...? <ul><li>There was a dramatically aging population in the not too distant future? </li></ul><ul><li>If migration trends demanded different staffing or curriculum? </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-generational workforces were more prevalent </li></ul>www.beyondcurrenthorizons.org.uk
  6. 6. <ul><li>Educational goals </li></ul><ul><li>Educational ‘personnel’ </li></ul><ul><li>Educational institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Educational methods </li></ul><ul><li>Educational tools </li></ul><ul><li>Educational outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Beliefs about education </li></ul>To inform and question... www.beyondcurrenthorizons.org.uk
  7. 7. <ul><li>The BCH programme is aiming to build a challenging and long term vision for education in the context of socio-technological change 2025 and beyond </li></ul><ul><li>Long term futures programme intended to </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance the ‘futures thinking’ capacity of the UK education system </li></ul><ul><li>Inform current strategy, decision making and planning </li></ul><ul><li>Futurelab are running the programme in partnership with DCSF </li></ul>www.beyondcurrenthorizons.org.uk
  8. 8. Free tools and resources for education leaders <ul><li>Scenarios of possible futures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on 2 years of consultation and expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Made relevant to education communities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Toolkit of resources to support education leaders with long-term planning </li></ul><ul><li>Research bank of trends and evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Coming May 2009 </li></ul>www.beyondcurrenthorizons.org.uk
  9. 9. 6 scenarios - possible future worlds <ul><li>We are bringing to life 6 possible future scenarios based on 2 years of research into trends and evidence </li></ul><ul><li>So what if... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>performance through smart drugs may require a trade off with creativity and originality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fertility rate that is below the replacement level and high levels of inward migration lead to ... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>we have multi-generational workforces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>by 2030 half the population are over 50 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What might this mean for education? </li></ul>www.beyondcurrenthorizons.org.uk
  10. 10. <ul><li>What if... Visioning tools </li></ul><ul><li>Write your school vision </li></ul><ul><li>Test your plans/strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop activities </li></ul><ul><li>6 possible futures </li></ul><ul><li>Challenging trends </li></ul><ul><li>Image ideas gallery </li></ul><ul><li>PowerPoint of inspiration </li></ul><ul><li>From vision to plan </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritise now </li></ul><ul><li>Case studies </li></ul><ul><li>BSF </li></ul>www.beyondcurrenthorizons.org.uk Free toolkit to support long-term planning in education
  11. 11. Free toolkit to support long-term planning and change in education <ul><li>What sorts of learning spaces might be needed? </li></ul><ul><li>What curriculum? </li></ul><ul><li>Free resources, workshop materials and activities, inspiration and consensus building materials </li></ul><ul><li>Practical, useful, online, printable and downloadable </li></ul>www.beyondcurrenthorizons.org.uk
  12. 12. Inspiring and useful materials... <ul><li>Aimed at educational leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Support for visioning, planning and consensus building workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Inspirational scenarios, cards, images, challenging questions, provocative ideas </li></ul><ul><li>School redesign </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum redesign </li></ul><ul><li>Extended schools </li></ul>www.beyondcurrenthorizons.org.uk
  13. 13. Know more about 2025 in May 2009 <ul><li>www.beyondcurrenthorizons.org.uk </li></ul>Thank you, : Clara Lemon [email_address]

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