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Written by Sam
About this event
Much has been written recently and historically about the future of work and schools needing to prepare students for exciting – yet nonetheless unpredictable – future employment landscapes.
Teachers and educational leaders grapple daily with this ambition, how to equip students with the oft quoted, illusive yet coveted ‘21st century skills’ needed for life beyond school. It is easy to talk about what schools should be doing, the challenge is effectively designing the how. Join us for this interactive re-imagining of the education system, held in partnership with the Royal Society of Arts.
During our second BCCJ Edu-Group meeting, held in association with the RSA, we will imagine what kind of education we would like to see for the next generation, envisioning key features of future educational paradigms and most importantly how we can contribute to make a difference. Through our diversity we can elicit a rich variety of opinions – from students to businesspeople to artists to academics.
About the RSA
The RSA partners with schools in the UK through the RSA Academies program focusing on:
- Arts, Culture and Creativity
- Creative Teachers
- Excellence in Learning
- Wellbeing and Mental Health
- World Beyond School
Through discussion on these key elements as well as the huge RSA project on Creative Learning and Development, we will consider what value we can offer schools, how we can connect to share our expertise and how we can amplify a shared educational dialogue here in Japan.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead
Facilitator: Kirsten O’Connor
Before moving to Tokyo in 2001, Kirsten was a class teacher in London. During her 17 years at The British School in Tokyo she was Head of Years 1 & 2, Deputy Head Teacher and from April 2012 to July 2018 Head Teacher of the Primary School. She was also a member of IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools).
Kirsten’s educational background includes a BA.Ed Hons in Primary Education and English, an M.Ed in Educational Leadership, and the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). Kirsten is currently President of FEW Japan (For Empowering Women), a member of the BCCJ (British Chamber of Commerce in Japan) and an overly-excited Fellow of the RSA.
Language: The discussions will be held in English.
Booking and registration: This event is free of charge. Advance booking is not obligatory but would be greatly appreciated by the organisers. Venue doors will be open for entry 5.45-6.15pm, after which access to the venue will not be possible.