Designing the Future

At Wycombe Abbey, we know that our parents are keen to keep up with the latest discussions regarding school curriculum, technological advances, and how their daughters can leave school ready for a rapidly changing world.

This month we held an event aimed at discussing what the future may hold. It was a panel-style conversation ably chaired by Nick Woods, our Deputy Head (Strategy and Operations) and it was designed to discuss the big questions on everyone’s minds, such as: What are the risks and ethical considerations of using AI in education? What have been the most influential technological developments over the last two decades? What will examinations look like in the years to come? What are employers looking for in school leavers and graduates? Between them, the panel had a wealth of experience; it was comprised of Baroness Rock (Member of the House of Lords and Chair of the Costain Group), Mark Steed (an experienced UK and International Headmaster), Rafi Azim-Khan (Head of the Data/Cyber and IP/IT Practices at an international law firm) and Morgan Dee (Director of AI and Data Science at EDUCATE Ventures Research). At the start of the evening, four pupils shared information on the innovative projects they are working on, Ahana (LVI) talked about the creation of Saathi, a socially conscious menstrual hygiene brand, Rebecca (LVI) spoke about her work as an Arkwright Scholar (Engineering), Bea (LVI) explained how she is developing technological solutions to support accessibility for partially sighted people and Lily  (UV)  talked about the development of award-winning AquaSentiel, a marine exploration initiative.

The conversation flowed, and our pupils asked some insightful and challenging questions.

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