‘Inspirational and challenging’. That was the verdict on the Learning Spaces RM created at BETT this year, RM announced recently.
RM is taking the idea out on the road this spring. Under the banner, RM Strategic Forums – A Vision for Future Learning, RM is replacing its old and well-known conference programme with new engaging and hands-on events.
Features of the new forums include:
creative input from Sir Ken Robinson
keynote speaker, Richard Gerver
a panel of education experts
a Learning Spaces area
Carrie and David Grant (pictured) off the telly
Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognised leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources. He has worked with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the world's leading cultural organisations. In 1998, he led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government. 'All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education' (The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim in 1999.
David and Carrie Grant will host and facilitate the day and use music to communicate leadership principles. Their work in management and leadership began at The Ashridge Management Training College where they still teach regularly. They describe what they do as: “Principally we work with clients who are studying strategy, change management and team building. Our sessions are great fun but also have very powerful leadership messages.”
Visitors to BETT and the RM REAL Centre said that they wanted to get 'hands on' with the products for themselves. The Learning Spaces area at the forums will make that happen. Delegates can walk around a 21st Century learning environment, where children will be learning, and participate in workshops enabling them to experience what it's like to be a 21st Century learner themselves. And the panel of experts will be on hand to answer questions and debate the issues arising from those sessions.
Terry Sweeney, CEO of RM said: “We want to move away from a more traditional conference style – we want all delegates to walk away having felt they have experienced learning. We want them to see and feel not just listen and learn. The RM group is of sufficient depth and breadth that we can field experts across much of the education spectrum. The day will be full of great sessions where the teachers do the learning.'
Open to Primary Heads and SMT, Secondary Heads and SMT, Local Authorities, College Principals and Vice-Principals the day aims to:
Create an experience for all attendees – it's not a sitting and listening event.
Help leaders better understand what it's like to be a learner in the 21st Century, while working through strategic activities.
Create an inspirational and less traditional format.
Engage with the audience through dynamic speakers using state of the art technology and presentation styles.
Ensure a great choice of engaging hands on sessions to enable all attendees to go away having 'experienced' 21st Century learning.
RM is giving an iPod touch to every school or college that sends a delegate.
The RM forum will be visiting:
The Grand, Bristol on Thursday 22nd April
Heritage Motor Centre, Midlands on Thursday 29th April
Olympia, London on Tuesday 27th April
Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds on Tuesday 4th May
To find out more and to book a place: