Learning that Matters

Learning That Matters

For a long time now, education has focused on knowledge. Over the years the conversation has moved to skills in the context of disruption in jobs and the unknown that awaits us in this rapidly evolving global world.

According to Educational psychologist, trainer and consultant, Juliet Starbuck from University College London, “ We now know that the changes that occur in the brain during the teenage years are dramatic; more than at any other age, except between two and three years old. Significant changes are happening in the pre-frontal cortex; the area of the brain which is responsible for planning, problem-solving, assessing risk, decision-making and social interaction. These changes impact behaviour, meaning that teenagers are more likely to engage in risky behaviour, place undue emphasis on social rewards, and struggle to read and understand others’ emotions. So, what does this mean for teachers? Teachers should aim for a variety of instructional methods which encourage students to think for themselves. Keeping their brain active will help develop and strengthen the neural pathways that are vital for long-term learning.”[1] 

The World Economic Forum in their Schools of the Future Report 2019 talks about incorporating Global citizenship skills, Innovation and creativity skills, Technology skills and Interpersonal skills in the learning environment. [2] 

There is a gap between the increasing pace of change and the ability in schools to adequately respond to this change. As a school community do you constantly think about these questions:  

  • What skills do students need to thrive in this ever-changing global community?
  • How do we teach students these skills to apply them to solve local and global issues?
  • Are these skills going to be integrated into the existing curricula?
  • Will they be taught outside of the classroom through activities?
  • Can we assess skills?


We are excited about our upcoming webinar on 8th April, about ‘Learning that Matters’ by Priyamvada Taneja.

Stay tuned! Registrations for the webinar will start soon.


[1] Starbuck, Juliet. “Adolescence and Learning – the Teenage Brain.” World of Better Learning | Cambridge University Press, 4 Sept. 2018, www.cambridge.org/elt/blog/2018/09/04/adolescence-learning-teenage-brain/.

[2] “Schools of the Future.” World Economic Forum , Mar. 2020, www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Schools_of_the_Future_Report_2019.pdf.


We are excited about our upcoming series of webinars by Priyamvada Taneja.


WEBINAR: 1 Learning that matters – Moving learning online 8th April 2020

 3 pm to 4 pm

WEBINAR: 2 Learning that matters – Teaching digital citizenship skills Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon
WEBINAR: 3 Learning that matters – Online Professional Development Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon
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