As part of the biennial Manchester International Festival (MIF) FCBStudios hosted a short symposium on Creative Education: Ambitions for the next generation of Manchesters schools.
Against a background of continued austerity and minimal budgets (50% down compared with 5 years ago) we brought together an impressive line-up of speakers to discuss the challenges to be faced in the next few years with the expansion in secondary school numbers and suggest some imaginative ways to meet them.
It was heartening to hear Crawford Wright and Gary Wright from the ESFA talk about the unusual buildings they are currently turning into schools of different sizes and specialisms. Andrew Brewerton of Plymouth College of Art spoke about the Red House, an extraordinary School of Creative Arts in Plymouth, which we were privileged to work on. Peter Barrett, Emeritus Professor from the University of Salford, and now working alongside our research partners at the University of Oxford Department of Education, spoke about the impact of buildings on performance. Helen Roberts, Partner from FCBStudios spoke about six of the key ‘Lessons Learned’ illustrated in our book ‘Learning From Schools’. Finally Alistair Burns from Manchester City Council discussed the current challenges faced in the provision of the next generation of schools in Manchester.
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