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Curriculum Futures: 21st Century Schools

As Head of Futures, Innovation and e-learning at the QCA Gareth led a national debate on curriculum futures. As a result themes such as increased local flexibility, promoting wider learning and social skills, the importance of cross curricular links and wider themes such as sustainability, technology and the global dimensions are now reflected in recent changes to the secondary curriculum. Most recently, Gareth led the curriculum development work that forms part of the current proposals for the new primary curriculum led by Sir Jim Rose.

Futurelab

Gareth is a trustee of Futurelab, UK's leading education ideas incubator. Futurelab is passionate about transforming the way people learn, tapping into the huge potential offered by digital and other technologies. Visit www.futurelab.org.uk

BBC and C4 learning

Gareth has worked as an education advisor for a number of TV and media production companies. He has produced teaching resources for Schools TV, including the materials for the BAFTA award winning literacy series 'Rat-a-tat-tat' for C4.

Human Scale Education

Human Scale Education is a movement committed to creating learning environments based on the values of fairness and respect, in which young people are known and valued as individuals. Gareth has been an advisor on the 'human scale schools project', a ground-breaking initiative, in collaboration with the Gulbenkian Foundation, supporting 50 large secondary schools to develop HSE principles and practices. Read more www.hse.org.uk

Curriculum Innovation Networks

'Disciplined innovation' through co-development is a methodology introduced to QCA as part of the Futures in Action programme, directed by Gareth. Independent evidence from Curee and Ofsted indicate the effectiveness of such an approach.  If you are interested in starting a network in your area or as part of your project please get in touch. Read more about evidence of impact at www.curee-paccts.com/our-projects/transfer-and-scaling and www.ofsted.gov.uk and search for"innovation".

Media and writing

Covering a wide range of themes including creativity, technology, global dimension and curriculum innovation, Gareth has work published in the TES, guardian and numerous magazines including Vison and SecEd. Search the archive at www.tes.co.uk to read examples.

National guidance and support

Gareth has an extensive track record for devising and producing national guidance and resources for teachers, including national curriculum guidance, schemes of work and leadership materials. He has produced web-based and print material for QCA, NCSL and Becta.

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International consultancy

Many countries are renewing their education systems in response to global and technological change. Gareth has worked with officials and ministers from the UK and overseas. Recent projects has included work in Korea developing education strategies for promoting creativity. See www.ghrforum.org/main/main.php  

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Technology and learning

The 21st Century Learning Alliance promotes the use of technology in order to stimulate change and improvment in learning. Gareth is a member of the steering group and has been active in promoting the 21st Century Learning Awards. Visit  www.21stcenturylearningalliance.com for more information.

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