What didn't you learn at school?

How to do project management? How to present a budget? How to deal with a horrible manager?

We are being joined by Tom Ravenscroft from Enabling Enterprise who was a teacher before he found that teaching the syllabus wasn't enough. He believes that there is something fundamental missing in education, that knowledge and good grades are not enough.

He says:
'All of us, whatever we do, need some essential skills which go beyond the academic - to work with others, to manage ourselves, to communicate effectively, and to creatively solve problems. We draw on them as much as numeracy or literacy. So why, as an education system, don't we value these skills even as employers, universities and entrepreneurs cry out for them?'

Tom will be reflecting on a decade of building these skills through an award-winning social enterprise with over 150,000 children and young people to ask this critical question and more: Why are we so quick to presume these skills are innate, or just picked up along the way? How are they really built and how can we use this knowledge as teachers, parents, or even in our own lives?

He'll also look at how with us facing a future of automation, when these skills are going to be paramount, what would it take to ensure that everyone mastered them?

Tom Ravenscroft founded Enabling Enterprise in 2009, whilst a business and economics teacher in Hackney in East London. The social enterprise is driven to ensure that children and young people of all backgrounds develop the essential skills they need to be successful, alongside good qualifications. Now a national organisation, Enabling Enerprise worked with over 85,000 students in the last year, in partnership with over 130 top employers from NHS hospitals to airports to accountants.  
And on top of this great talk we'll be doing our usual: mass singalongs to some of our favourite power ballads, an awesome spoken word artist, hearing a story from a member of our community and drinking a vat of tea afterwards! 

We're excited to see you there!

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November 05, 2017 at 11am–12:15pm at Conway Hall

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