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Oct 4

A Symposium on Imagination in Education and Learning

October 4, 2023

4th October 2023, 12pm-1pm

As we celebrate the launch of our Literature Review: Imagination in Education and Learning, this symposium provides a renewed focus on the research and evidence of the power of imagination and its capacity to support children and young people’s learning.

Join Dame Mary Marsh (iOi Patron) in conversation with Tom Doust (iOi Associate Director), Dr Penny Hay (Professor of Imagination, Bath Spa University) and guests.

We live in a rapidly changing world where disruption and change has become familiar and regular. While this has an impact across all of society, our younger generations are growing up in a world that will become increasingly uncertain, having an impact on the way they learn, live and work. Imagination, humanity’s greatest faculty, has the potential to support and aid us as we navigate this changing world. Yet imagination in education and learning is being increasingly undervalued. In England the education system is heavily and overly assessed, creative subjects like art and design have been marginalised, school budgets have suffered from real term cuts, the curriculum has narrowed and the government measures success in education through targets, results, and league tables.

To assess the power of imagination in education and learning, we need to better understand its potential and impact.