This ground-breaking book is both a manifesto and a call to arms to inspire all those involved in education to consider new visions and values for the future of the school system. Renowned educationalist, speaker and author Richard Gerver offers an empowering vision for how education, both in the UK and internationally, can be transformed and made fit for purpose in the 21st century and beyond.
Education has never been more important than it is now but the current school system lacks the continuity and longevity required to ensure young people can survive and thrive as we continue to head into the unknown. Education: A Manifesto for Change argues that students must be prepared for the lives ahead of them; they must understand how important and valuable what they learn in school will be long after they have left formal education. To facilitate this, Richard encourages educators to walk outside the school gates themselves, learning from and with people and organisations beyond their normal experiences, so they can be the catalysts of a better, more connected and more coherent future for today's children – tomorrow's adults.
In this thought-provoking new book, Richard, bestselling author of Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today, shares his experiences of working with global businesses and talking education with Barack Obama, Steve Wozniak, senior managers at Google, and elite sports coaches working with Great Britain's Olympic and Paralympic teams and the English Premier League. Taking an international perspective, the book includes examples from the US, China and Colombia.
About the Author
Richard Gerver was formerly Headteacher of the internationally respected Grange Primary School in Long Eaton, UK, where he put into action his passionate belief in child-centric learning that focuses on experience and context. He is an international speaker, and has been an adviser to the DCSF, the QCA and the Government on many areas of education policy, mostly in defining school change for the 21st century. A former National Teaching Award winner, Richard has been described as one of the most innovative and inspirational school leaders of our time.
"In this powerful book Gerver calls for a collaborative vision for education that will prepare society to 'thrive in uncertainty'. He shares sharp insight achieved through school leadership uniquely combined with global experience of working with eminent leaders throughout industry. A great read."
Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive, Chartered College of Teaching
"Richard Gerver's book gives a personal yet authoritative account of the current state of UK education, and also provides a refreshingly optimistic perspective on where we might go next."
Geoff Barton, General Secretary, Association of School and College Leaders
In this refreshing, honest and deeply personal book, Richard Gerver builds on all his international experience to set out a manifesto for change in education, with collaboration, openness and optimism at its core.
Steve Munby, Visiting Professor at UCL London Institute of Education
"Intelligent, passionate, honest and at times contentious, Richard Gerver does not simply present a manifesto for education. He gives us joined-up thinking about how education, business and society can work and succeed together."
Steve Wheeler, Author and Speaker