RSA Newcastle Network Encounter: Reinventing the future of education - RSA

RSA Newcastle Network Encounter: Reinventing the future of education

Fellowship events / Online


Online via Zoom

  • Education
  • Behaviour change

Covid-19 has challenged our whole way of life. Some are desperate to get back to the past, others see the possibility of living in a new world. So, how should education respond to this event? 

Join us for our next Newcastle Network Encounter on 21 July to hear from our speaker Les Walton FRSA, who will examine how Covid-19 has posed a fundamental challenge to how we operate within education.

Covid-19 has thrown a spotlight on the resilience and relevance of education institutions, structures and systems and people. The spotlight has shone brightly on central, regional, and local government relationships. The appropriateness of the curriculum, how high-quality teaching is delivered, how success is measured, and the appropriateness of the present framework for external inspection have all been challenged. Covid-19 has also highlighted how children access learning.  

Can the future be fixed without fixing our thinking? There is a state of national educational ambiguity, without clarity of direction or ‘how things should work’. 

So, what are the expectations of the future? How can a cohesive, strategic, and effective response on curriculum, strategy, people development, management systems, and performance indicators be achieved? And what is the type of climate within which we would like to work?   

In light of this, Les will pose the questions; do we need a radical and new approach that is based on Kaizen (continuous improvement) rather than our over reliance on external inspection? When we weigh up the options for our response, will they be core and radical or incremental and peripheral?  


Les Walton FRSA has a track record of education innovation. He has instigated and founded a number of influential and successful education organisations, including Schools NorthEast, the Northern Education Trust and the Association of Education Advisers. He is presently Visiting Professor at Sunderland University.

The event is free to attend and open to all, Fellows and non-Fellows. We hope you can join us!

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