Another year comes to an end and as it does I keep seeing articles and hearing broadcasts about the significance of Artificial Intelligence and the development of Robots. It is clear that today’s young people are going to face significant challenges in coming years.
Many of the jobs we see today will disappear, but on the other hand new ones will come along. Will our young people be equipped to take advantage of these? What is clear is that they will need a variety of skills and dispositions. They will need to be resilient, patient, determined, flexible and be able to problem-solve, communicate, work with others, be creative and have developed their ability to think effectively.
In many schools there is now a focus on the development of thinking. I meet many young people whose metacognition is highly developed and who are confident, reflective, articulate and who can analyse and evaluate. They understand how they think and learn.
We know from the work of Dr David Walters at the University of Exeter that those schools which are focusing on the development of thinking are showing an effect size of 0.77 for Progress. Attainment is also high. In addition we see students who have the skills and dispositions outlined above.
And not only in the UK. We now have partnerships with organisations in Norway, Lithuania, Nigeria, Egypt, Jordan, Thailand and recently in China. There is a growing international recognition that the acquisition of knowledge alone is not sufficient and young people need to have the skills to know what to do with the knowledge.
I am pleased to announce that Professor Rose Luckin of UCL will be one of the keynote speakers at our 2019 conference. She is a leader in the field of Artificial Intelligence and its impact in education. The dates of the conference are the 17th and 18th June 2019 and we'd be delighted to see you there.