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The Times Education Commission: rethinking education

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Join us to hear an update from The Times Education Commission. This discussion is a recording of an event which took place at this year's Cheltenham Literature Festival and was hosted by the commission's chair, Rachel Sylvester, columnist, The Times.

Earlier this year, The Times announced the setting up of its Education Commission, to examine the future of education in light of the Covid-19 crisis, declining social mobility, new technology and the changing nature of work. 

With a wide-ranging brief incorporating 10 key areas as its frame of reference, and taking expert evidence from leading figures from the worlds of business, science, culture and the arts, as well as politics and education, the commission publishes an interim report in January 2022. 

Joining Rachel to discuss their finding so far are  three commission members including: 

  • Sir Anthony Seldon Contemporary historian, authority on wellbeing and AI in education, and vice chancellor of Buckingham University.
  • Sir Damon Buffini Founding partner of Permira, chairman of the National Theatre and chairman of the Culture Recovery Fund Board
  • Sarah-Jayne Blakemore Professor of psychology and cognitive neuroscience at Cambridge University, who leads a group studying the adolescent brain and behaviour.

This event is a recording of The Times Education Commission: Rethinking Education which took place at The Cheltenham Literature Festival on Friday, October 15 8.15pm-9.15pm in the Garden Theatre. To find out more visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/.

This event will be available to watch on the #CheltLitFest player from October 29. 

This event was originally broadcast on Thursday, October 21. 

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