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Time:18:00 - 21:00
Location: University of Stirling, Stirling Court Hotel


INNOVATETHENATION is VisitScotland's new initiative that will bring together experts, influencers and the next generation of innovators in a series of engaging talks throughout the country.

INNOVATEEDUCATION on the 27th of April engages with Scotland’s education sector and asks the crucial question: how can we innovate our education system to meet the challenges of tomorrow? Scotland has a reputation as a global leader in education standards and historically Scotland has produced a vast array of inventors, innovators, pioneers and leaders. As technology continues to advance and change the world, education, and the skills our young people are leaving school with, are more important than ever.

INNOVATEEDUCATION provides an exciting platform to discuss and engage with the future of education in Scotland, come and join the debate! With speakers from Scottish education leadership, practice and academia, and showcasing the latest in classroom VR, can you afford to miss out? Book your place now!

Discover VR!

Viarama is Scotland's first virtual reality company and the first organisation in the world to take room-scale VR into classrooms. Viarama are a social enterprise committed to delivering the world's best VR to pupils in Scotland's schools, aiming to reduce the attainment gap, boost our national performance in digital technology subjects and equip our teachers with cutting-edge educational tools. Try the technology and engage with the possibilities at INNOVATEEDUCATION

Look who's talking:

Lauren Rodger, Head Teacher of North Berwick High School in East Lothian. Lauren trained as an English teacher in England and has taught in both the independent and state sectors in Scotland. Lauren sits on the Executive Council and the Strategic Planning Group of School Leaders Scotland, the professional organisation for school leaders, and she is a member of her local authority’s Education Steering Group. She has a particular interest in educational leadership and teacher professional learning; having achieved the Scottish Qualification for Headship herself, she is now a professional verifier on the SCEL Into Headship programme. Lauren seeks out opportunities to collaborate with and learn from other education professionals and has welcomed many visitors to her school, including: head teachers from across Scotland, from Wales and Australia; the Welsh Minister for Education; and the founder of England’s Education Foundation. At InnovateEducation, Lauren will discuss the challenges of leading a school and delivering on national and local priorities while keeping a love of learning to the fore.

Professor Mark Priestley, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Director of the Stirling Network for Curriculum Studies and author of ‘Teacher Agency: an ecological approach’. Professor Priestley began his career teaching history and has worked in schools in New Zealand and England before moving to Scotland. Mark has been involved in numerous external roles including active council roles in the British Educational Research Association and the European Educational Research Association. A leading voice in Scottish academia, Professor Priestley will discuss current curriculum issues, particularly the relationship between skills and knowledge, and arguing the case for knowledge rich learning experiences. 

Fearghal Kelly. Fearghal has worked in education in a variety of contexts and is currently a Lead Specialist with the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL). As a Lead Specialist Fearghal is responsible for putting activities in place to support the development of teacher leadership, these activities being informed by his engagement work with schools and teachers. He has experience as a Principal Teacher, a Local Authority Development Officer and as an advisory teacher in Namibia on behalf of Voluntary Services Overseas. Fearghal has a real passion for supporting teachers to develop and as a classroom teacher he played a leading role in the professional learning provision for colleagues. Fearghal was the driving force behind the creation of the online community of teachers which has provided alternative, community driven approaches to teacher professional learning across the UK. At InnovateEducation Feargal will discuss leadership, and ask, what do we mean by it? and how can we unleash it? 

(The Real) David Cameron - Hosting the Q&A session and sharing his insights. David – or the ‘Real David Cameron’ as he is known - has a unique view of the educational landscape. His experience stretches from leadership of children’s services at authority level to the classroom, from the development of national educational policy to its implementation in schools and takes in work at national and regional level in both Scotland and England.

The lead on Scotland’s Outdoors Education strategy, he has worked across the UK with teachers, school leaders and governors and is currently chair of the York Education Partnership. He is behind Creative Conversations in Edinburgh, bringing together artists and educators, is a leading player in Scotland’s regular Festival of Dangerous Ideas and helped draft Creative Scotland’s recent manifesto on learning and creativity. 

Registration is FREE and includes arrival tea & coffee followed by a drinks reception after the talks to take the conversation further.

1800: Doors Open with Tea & Coffee
1830: Talks begin
2030: Drinks Reception
2100: End

VisitScotland and Stirling Venues look forward to seeing you and welcoming you to INNOVATETHENATION.

Transport and Directions:

The University of Stirling is located 3 miles from Stirling city centre. There is a frequent train service to Stirling, with connecting bus services and local taxis available. For more information on driving routes and public transport please click here. 

If you would like more information or have any queries regarding this event, please contact Patrick Lamont. 

Please make VisitScotland aware at the earliest opportunity of any mobility requirements.

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