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Richard Gerver discusses the future of education
RICHARD GERVER has been described as one of the most inspirational leaders of his generation. He argues however, that great leadership is about serving the needs of the people that work for you and rely upon you. The three core principles that underpin Gerver’s philosophy are communication, empowerment and impact.
Richard began his working life as an actor who worked as an advertising copywriter to make ends meet. He began a teaching career in 1992 and rose through the ranks fast being identified by the school’s inspectorate in 1997 as one of the most outstanding teachers in the country.
By 2003 Richard was working with Tony Blair’s Government as an advisor on education policy. In 2006 his work was celebrated at The UNESCO World Arts Education Conference in Lisbon, Portugal and in the same year he was invited to Shanghai to speak about education transformation to members of the Chinese Government.
By 2005 he had won the prestigious “School Head Teacher of the Year Award” at the British National Teaching Awards for his work in leading a school on the brink of closure to becoming one of the most innovative in the world. Richard developed his organisational philosophy of living, learning and laughing which reached his full development during his time as Head Teacher.
Richard’s global best-selling book Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today (2009) deals with education transformation, his second book, due by the end of 2012, and deals with human capacity and leading change.
Meet Richard Gerver...
Richard is the former Headteacher at Grange School in Derby, which won a UNESCO Arts Award. He is currently an educational speaker, author and broadcaster.
Does education in Britain need to change in the next 20 years?
"Education has to change, because in theory education needs to reflect the challenges of the society into which young people are entering."
"By nature over the last 30...40...50 years the world has changed dramatically, but actually education hasn't changed that much."
Will changes in education in the coming decades be evolutionary or revolutionary?
"To those who say education has evolved, I'd say it has evolved at such a slow rate that we have fallen so far behind adequate provision and preparation for our young people, for their future, that we are hindering their prospects and chances to thrive."
"If we are serious about education we need to be the ones who take a giant leap into the unknown, because one of the restrictions in education development has been our fear of the unknown as a society. Our constant fear of 'what if'..."