Can we build a more inclusive education system as part of our recovery from the pandemic?

This opinion piece is part of Reinventing Schools for the Future and was originally published on Nesta, a global innovation foundation. For so long in education, reliance on rigid testing methods has led to an overemphasis on academic achievement at the expense of our children’s wellbeing. Some of the most valuable aspects of education are […]

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August 8, 2020

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UK Finally Acts to Prevent a Lost Generation

We live in a world driven by automation.They call it the 4th industrial revolution. Education system needs a transformation.Schools want to teach empathy & collaboration. China and Japan, once leaders in memorisation,Have now reversed this to skills in innovation. We live in a knowledge economy with AI adoption & data proliferation. The irony is that […]

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January 19, 2020

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Gender Diversity in Computer Science Education

Exam results days ought to be days of celebration. The culmination of countless hours of hard work, excitement over the future and congratulatory Tweets from MP’s that no one getting their results will read. For those of us working on improving diversity in technology, results day has become a significantly less joyous occasion. In large […]

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How artificial intelligence tools can be used to improve education

It was a privilege to be invited to the APPG AI evidence meeting, chaired by Stephen Metcalfe and Lord Tim Clement-Jones, this week at the House of Lords. Sir Anthony Seldon, Professor Rose Luckin, Priya Lakhani, and I gave evidence on how artificial intelligence (AI) tools can be used to improve learner experience, teaching practice and education system design. Commonly referred to […]

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Reflections on AI in Education and looking forward to 2019

In 2018, I submitted written evidence by Nesta to the Education Select Committee on the fourth industrial revolution inquiry. The evidence was on how best to prepare young people for future opportunities brought about by technological change and ensure lifelong learning. I was excited about my first appearance in UK Parliament for an oral evidence, along with Prof. Rose Luckin and Brian […]

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False Dichotomies

In the business world, we often hear these false dichotomies: Profit vs sustainability Work vs life Machine vs human   Similarly in the education sector, we hear these debates: Knowledge vs skills Attainment vs character Consistency vs creativity   These false dilemmas lead to polarisation. We need to move away from black and white thinking […]

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November 28, 2018

Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Last week, I was at Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship (XIME) in Bangalore and Chennai. It was inspiring to meet Prof. J Philip, founder and President of XIME, former Dean of XLRI Xavier School of Management and ex-Director of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.  He shared his story of why and how he became […]

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August 31, 2017

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AI in Education – Digital Revolution Still Needs Humans

Education has remained the same over the centuries. Formal structures in schools and universities have followed the “sage on a stage” and “assembly line” models. We see industries like transportation, e-commerce, media, consumer electronics, and healthcare being disrupted by Artificial Intelligence (AI). Would Education be the next big opportunity? Given that education is the foundation that […]

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