GELS Conference 2018

Why do we Need Future-ready Learning?

Education has not kept up with the pace of change of the world outside the classroom. This Victorian school teacher would recognise a modern day classroom much more than a Victorian surgeon would recognise a modern day operating theatre.

The education system was created to support an outdated industrial model and is no longer fit for purpose. There is too great an emphasis upon the acquisition of knowledge and insufficient emphasis upon skills, attributes and character qualities.

What is Future-ready Learning ?

From the World Economic Forum
From the World Economic Forum

How do we Make Future-ready Learning Happen?


Focus on one simple idea and build from that. It is better of this idea emerges from the grassroots than is imposed from above.


In the Lower School at CDNIS, we began with a focus upon hands-on, experiential learning embedded into our PYP Units of Inquiry. This grew fast because it was something that teachers could relate to and implement easily.


We use the Design Thinking Model from Stanford D School across the whole school, starting at age 5. We have trained all stakeholder groups in this model.

What does Learning Look Like?


A play-based, Reggio-inspired approach in Early Years, with an emphasis upon risky play.


Kindergarten students, ideating, prototyping and testing their Titanic.


Grade 2 imagining, inventing and constructing in our makerspace The Hive


Grade 5 students take part in a week long Artist in Residence programme that culminates in a Fashion Show.


Grade 6 designing and prototyping energy systems to harness, store and distribute energy.


Making can happen all around the school at any time thanks to our mini-makerspaces designed and created by students and our student-designed maker carts.