3rd Annual Education Studies Conference

This event has been cancelled with no further bookings being taken at this time. At this time, the health and wellbeing of our staff, students and visitors must be our primary concern. We hope to reschedule the event in due course and once confirmed it will be listed on derby.ac.uk/events For any enquiries please contact events@derby.ac.uk. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to see you at a future event. 

What is the Future of Schools? 

What we need if we are to understand the future for schools is debate. There are many people promoting technological or administrative shortcuts to success or making schools responsible for solving every social problem. We need to ask again, and again, the fundamental question “What are schools for?” As a contribution to this much-needed debate, we have invited three headteachers from very different schools to present their visions of education and to invite teachers and students to join in the debate. 

For further information please contact the conference organiser,  Programme Leader for Education Studies at the University of Derby.


Tea and coffee

Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler, Programme Leader for Education Studies, University of Derby

Derby Pride Academy, Derby
Mrs Karen Hayes, Head Teacher, Derby Pride Academy

East London Science School, London
Mr David Perks, Principal, East London Science School

Saint Martin’s Catholic Academy, Stoke Golding
Mr Clive Wright, Head Teacher, Saint Martin’s Catholic Academy and Founder of the Midlands Knowledge Schools Hub


Panel discussion: What is the Future for Schools?
Speakers: Mr David Perks, Mrs Karen Hayes, Mr Clive Wright

Chair: Professor Dennis Hayes, University of Derby
Thank you

Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler, Programme Leader for Education Studies, University of Derby
Conference closes