Education Futures in Action Conference

Saturday 3rd July 2021

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Conference Introduction 


Chris Bagley

9:45am - 11:00am

9:45am - 10am: Conference introductions by Bea Herbert, Chris Bagley & Vivian Hill


10am - 11am: Chris - Shadow Cultures

How did we get here? Chris (Educational Psychologist and Director of Research at States of Mind) explores the historical forces and shadow cultures that have shaped the development of the English education system. Why do things feel stuck and what might the future hold?

Tumi Ogundamisi, Reegan Mason & Christevie Ngoma

11:30am - 12:30pm

Student Leaders of States of Mind's Breaking the Silence: A youth-led initiative to reform the education system.

‘Breaking the Silence’ is a 3-year research project, led by young people and supported by psychologists from States of Mind and The Institute of Education, UCL. The ongoing research project explores the impact that the UK education system is having on young people’s sense of identity, wellbeing and personal growth. In this session, Tumi, Christevie and Reegan will explore key themes from their research and suggest ways to reform the education system to better meet the needs of young people in the 21st Century. 

David Rodriguez

1pm - 2pm

David has played a leading role in the successful development of school inclusion in Portugal. Here, he will discuss the experience of Inclusion in Portugal, namely the implications of considering all the schools as inclusive schools and the importance of competent and "in time" support.

Ken Gergen

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Ken is one of the world’s leading thinkers around social construction theory, technology and cultural change, the self, and relational approaches in education. In this talk, he will explore how placing the process of relating at the center of educational practices can result in positive educational transformation and more beneficial outcomes than an exam focused and outcome driven model of education.

Yoni Suissa, Amina & Bea Herbert

4pm - 5pm

Teacher Yoni Suissa, Six21 Student Amina and States of Mind Founder, Bea Herbert will reflect on their experiences of the States of Mind 'Wellbeing Ambassadors Programme', a new project-based learning programme that supports young people to design peer led initiatives to support students' mental health. They will explore the power dynamics, challenges and benefits that emerge in the process of trusting young people to innovate within schools and discuss the tension that exists between processes and outcomes in the work.