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Promoting Life-Readiness: A Big Education Conversation

always possible is delighted to be working in partnership with the RSA and Whole Education to kick-off a Big Education Conversation about life-readiness.

You are welcome to join this unique education conference in Brighton on 22 November 2018.

Thank you to Greater Brighton MET for being our sponsor.

Thursday 22 November
3-6pm + drinks
Greater Brighton MET, Pelham Street, Brighton, BN1 4FA




How can education and learning prepare us for a whole life – whatever that may be?

How can we shift the conversation from a focus on exam or work-readiness to one of ongoing life-readiness instead?

How can learning help prepare us, and our children, for the complexities of leading a fulfilled and resilient life in the 21st Century?

If you wish to discuss and deepen the debate on these questions and find productive ways forward, then join us for an afternoon full of big conversation and action. We welcome all those involved in education, learning and skills training: the formal and the informal, the practice and the theory.

There will be a chance to hear new ideas from inspiring speakers and to get involved in small focused group discussion exploring the themes raised. We use examples of innovation, good practice and creative thinking to help spark new thinking.


Special guest speakers and group facilitators include:

Professor Martin Doel CBE – Professor of FE & Skills, Institute of Education

Nick Corston – Founder, STEAMCo

Rosie Clayton – Associate Director of Cities of Learning, Royal Society of Arts

Mike Fairclough – Headmaster, West Rise Junior School & author, Playing with Fire: Embracing risk and danger in schools

Richard Freeman – CEO, always possible

Douglas Archibald – Director, Whole Education 

Lucy Collins – Head of Adventures, Bee In The Woods forest school

Rachael Perrin – Co-Director, Soundcastle & Professor of Creative Enterprise, Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Rebecca Tonks – Co-opted Governor, Oak Grove Community Special College 

Charlotte Blant – CEO, Youthforce 

David J Lilly – Programmes Co-ordinator, The Self-Managed Learning College 

Declan Cassidy – CEO, Playingfield 

Kirsti Cox – Principal, Kirsti Cox Wealth Management & Parent Governor, Stanford Infants School 

Phil Dean – Careers & Business Partnerships Leader, Worthing High School

David Willett – Corporate Director, The Open University

Kate McAllister – Director, Rethinking Education & Co-Founder, Crisis Classroom

Tony Dillon – Former TV executive and lawyer; Enterprise Adviser and business coach

Alison Rendle – formerly Head of Education Improvement, East Sussex County Council and senior secondary schools leader

Peter Chivers – Director, Our Future City & Director, Brighton & Hove Music & Arts   

There will be tables exploring:

Schools without walls: learning from the outside-in 

Special missions: flexible education to meet all lives

Stabbing in the dark: teaching the skills for jobs that don’t yet exist

Living well: do we care enough about mental health?

The mission of learning: knowledge or know-how?

Hack to the future: the nuance of managing a digital life

Money talks: where and when do good financial habits get taught?

Massive enterprise: creating curious and entrepreneurial mindsets 

The opportunity of Brexit?: workforces that are built, not bought 

Developing effective learners:  what happens when we focus on HOW we learn rather than WHAT to learn?

Motivation at work: can purpose in the workplace be developed in school?

Leading with confidence: risk vs compliance at senior levels

Brighton & Hove as a City of Learning

Most of the information on this Big Education Conversation, provocations and how to book for free is here.



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