Key Educational Issues to be Discussed at Free Conference in Warwick

Key Educational Issues to be Discussed at Free Conference in Warwick

10 June 2024

Educationalists from across sectors will join forces with some of generation Z’s brightest thinkers at a conference next month aimed at driving the future-readiness of education for the benefit of all children.

The Future Fwd conference returns to Warwick Schools Foundation’s Warwick Campus on 8-9 July for the third consecutive year. The conference is free to attend to anyone who wants to add their voice and expertise to what the future of education should look like.

Partners of the conference include The University of Warwick as lead partner, Warwick Castle, and Warwickshire College Group.

The conference was born out of a desire to improve the way education is provided and to give young people the tools to succeed. Six key areas for development have been identified, leading to six ‘streams’ that speakers fall within; Curriculum and Learning; Arts and Culture; Industry and Enterprise; Singing and Wellbeing for Children and Young People; AI, Tech and Gaming; and Special Education – inclusion, neurodiversity and employability.

The conference focuses on listening to the needs of young people – directly from them. As part of this, a panel of Gen Z students will be talking on what they want from their education, and how educational decision makers can bring this to fruition. Students will also get the chance to take part in a dedicated workshop on day two of the conference, led by Global Social Leaders.

On the first day of the conference, more than 40 presenters from across the country will be speaking on a variety of issues as they share their collective experience and expertise. The day ends with an evening networking reception and dinner at Warwick Castle, hosted by Noble and Eaton. The second day of the conference focusses on roundtable discussions and workshops led by industry experts. The workshops aim to develop practical skills that can be implemented after the conference ends, aligning with the conference’s overarching goal of enacting tangible change each year.

Jenny Parkinson-Mills, speaker at this year’s conference and AI, Tech and Gaming Stream Lead, previews this year’s conference:

“Future Fwd will be a superb platform to start sharing leading practices more widely across education and also gives the opportunity for groups from schools, further education and business to share how the use of AI is developing in their sectors, and what future we all want to be working towards for the next generation.”

Richard Nicholson, Principal of Warwick Schools Foundation and founder of Future Fwd, reflected on the importance of the conference:

“As the third annual Future Fwd approaches, we are excited to be hosting another conference filled with innovation, inspiration, and collaboration.

The needs of young people remain at the heart of the conference, and as such, we are delighted to welcome back a panel of Gen Z students to listen to what they really want from their education and how we, as passionate educationalists, can really make a positive difference for their futures.

This year, we have more speakers than ever before, with a breadth of truly insightful topics to discuss. If you are similarly passionate about what the future of education should look like for our young people, we would love to welcome you to Warwick this July.”

Anyone who wants to attend can book their place here.

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