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The Education Agenda - A DENI view of the changes necessary for NI schools

Word Document Future Schools - The Bain Report and some design implications

PDF File Building the School of the Future - A transferable model developed by Microsoft
For more information about the School of the Future
This Microsoft site provides very many practical links as well as an introduction to the six stages involved in creating the future school. Perhaps suprisingly it does not over-emphasise the technological dimension.

Preferred futures - a practical approach to planning for the future school (South Gloucester)

Leaders for Future Schools
'Working together to develop future leaders'- A video presentation by Iwan Davies

Future Schools - The Curriculum Challenge -
This programme from Teachers TV focuses on the progress of the Hadley Learning Community's leadership team as it devises a teaching and learning programme designed for the 21st century.

Future schools toolkits
(a) A six stage process to developing a 'School for The Future' is outlined in detail in a Microsoft video.

(b) The processes to identify goals and guide strategic planning in building the School of the Future are outlined in the following sections of the Microsoft as 'Discovery Briefs'

Building the School of the Future: A Guide for 21st Century Learning Environments
Methodologies for Strategic Planning
Principles of IT Infrastructure Planning
Strategic Leadership Selection
New Models for Learning

(c) 2020 Vision
A report to the government on aspects of future schools provides both 'thinkpieces' and the basic principles for action. It presents a vision for personalising teaching and learning. It makes recommendations about what changes to the school system should be considered in order to make its vision of what schools will look like in 2020 a reality.

(d) Schooling for Tomorrow - Tools for Futures Thinking
This details the work of CERI (the OECD's Centre for Educational Research and Innovation) in developing Schooling Scenarios of the Future.


(E) 2006-2016 A Map of Future Forces affecting Education - produced by the Knowledge Works Foundation this USA model is also applicable to schools in Northern Ireland.Future Schools - thinkpieces

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