Our system needs more architects - of school redesign

Our system needs more architects - of school redesign

There has been a lot of noise in the educational world about the Harvard Business Review's publication of UK research into types of school leadership. For Innovation Unit's School Design Lab, there is a deeper significance to the research. We are convinced that there are multiple imperatives — global, economic, social and equity imperatives — to go beyond improvement and begin the process of reimagining and redesigning ‘school’. We will need the qualities, capabilities and characteristics of architect leaders who can go beyond school turnaround and take on fundamental school redesign.

School places - a pressing need, and a once in a generation opportunity to reimagine school

School places - a pressing need, and a once in a generation opportunity to reimagine school

Lack of school places is a pressing and relentless issue that requires swift and immediate action. Yet it shouldn’t just be a case of more and bigger schools. We need to be innovative and smart about what these schools look and feel like, but importantly what they are trying to achieve. ‘Micro’ schools and ‘schools-within-schools’ offer a real and exciting alternative.

Press Release - Innovation Unit and A New Direction Host London Premiere Screening of ‘Most Likely to Succeed’

“With the debate about full academisation of UK schools heating up, and the pressing need for 500 new schools within the next five years, MLTS has come to the UK at potentially crucial turning point for our education system. It asks some critical questions about the future our young people will be part of: challenging the assumption that educating for access to university degrees and professional roles will secure their futures. Importantly, it also offers a look at what students and teachers are capable of  — if we have the vision and courage to reinvent the purpose and design of our schools