Conference: What is learning for?

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On 27th February 2013 a panel of fifteen thought leaders from education, business and the not-for profit sector convened in Cambridge to debate pressing education issues and the role of learning for the future.

The conference programme was designed to highlight important issues, stimulate thought-provoking debate and ultimately help delegates improve future performance and practice in their own schools. It provided those who attended with the opportunity to:

· connect with eminent academics and education pioneers


· examine the current education system and whether it is fit for purpose

· contribute to complex debate on the future of learning through a series of presentations and panel discussions

· network with and learn from representatives from within the maintained and independent education sectors, assessment bodies, entrepreneurs, business and not-for-profit leaders, academics and well-being experts

Speaker Presentations

To veiew the speaker presentations, please click on the link below.

Speaker presentations

To download the full conference programme, please click on the link below:

What is learning for? Conference programme


Morning Chair:

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice Chancellor the University of Cambridge

Afternoon Chair:

Francis Gilbert, teacher and author


Speakers and Debate Participants include:

• Professor Guy Claxton, Co-Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning, and professor of the Learning Sciences, University of Winchester

• Dr Tim Minshall, Centre for Technology Management, Institute of Manufacturing, University of Cambridge

• Doug Richard, entrepreneur

• Geoff Barton, author and Head Teacher, King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds

• Professor Felicia Huppert, The Wellbeing Institute, University of Cambridge

• Ken Webster, Head of Innovation, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

• Chris Mallaband, Principal, St Mark’s Academy, CfBT Schools Trust

• Steven Mastin, Head of History, Politics and Citizenship, Sawston Village College; consultant to Department for Education on National Curriculum review for history

• Simon Lebus, Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment and Chairman of OCR

• Andy Harter, CEO and founder of RealVNC

• Dr Helen Stringer, Stephen Perse Foundation, Cambridge

• Dave Murphy, Chief Executive, Cambridge Arts Theatre Trust

• Carl Gombrich, Programme Director Arts & Sciences (BASc), University College London

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