IB Schools and Colleges Association

Inaugural International Education Symposium – Sevenoaks School

16 – 17 October 2020

Keynote speakers include Alice Roberts, Michael Rosen, Bill Lucas, Tom McLeish and Tom Chatfield

Sevenoaks School will host an International Education Symposium in October to explore the value, challenge and reward of thinking creatively about teaching and learning in schools. The event is open to all school leaders, teachers and academics, with places available to book now and schools from around the world already signed up to deliver workshops.

Boasting a line-up of influential speakers, the symposium is inviting presentations and workshops based on four main themes:

  • Teaching and learning creatively
  • Learning about creativity
  • Developing creative curricula
  • The business of creativity

Already confirmed are keynote speeches from Professor of Public Engagement at the University of Birmingham, biological anthropologist, writer and broadcaster, Alice Roberts; author, broadcaster and Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, Michael Rosen; Director of the Centre for Real World Learning and Professor of Learning at the University of Winchester, Bill Lucas; Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of York, Tom McLeish; and writer, broadcaster and tech philosopher, Tom Chatfield.

Delegates will discuss whether creativity can be easily taught and should be assessed, what creative curricula looks like, the importance of arts subjects and the role creativity plays in character education and student wellbeing.

Mark Beverley, Director of the Institute of Teaching and Learning at Sevenoaks School, comments: “Creative or innovative approaches to teaching and learning in schools are frequently cited but not always addressed explicitly or implemented meaningfully. Furthermore, schools typically see learning about creativity in quite particular and varied ways.

“Our symposium will explore the value, challenge and reward of thinking ‘creatively’ about many different elements of school curricula and pedagogy as well as looking forward at how new technology will be incorporated into creative teaching and learning. We’re thrilled to have confirmed speakers so prominent and renowned in their field, who will certainly bring much insight and we look forward to finalising the programme.” 

The symposium is led by the Institute of Teaching and Learning, a philanthropic partnership between the Aitia Institute and Sevenoaks School Foundation to support the advancement of teaching and learning at Sevenoaks School. 

Symposium tickets are now available to book via Eventbrite. Please explore www.sevenoaksschool.org/symposium2020 for further information, contact InstituteTL@sevenoaksschool.org