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The Future School: Australian Learning Lecture 2020



After careful consideration and discussions with the Victorian government in relation to the rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19), we have decided to close the Library to the public.  We are cancelling all Library programs and events for at least four weeks from 16 March until 15 April 2020.

This means the Australian Learning Lecture 2020: The future school will not go ahead.

This decision was not taken lightly, but it is the right thing to do. It is a preventative measure to support the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, tenants and visitors, as well as the broader community. We will keep you informed of plans to reinstate programs here at the Library and any other changes that may arise.

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These are extraordinary circumstances. We appreciate your understanding during this challenging time and hope to welcome you back again soon.

In our transforming world, how will schools respond to the new challenges?

Valerie Hannon is a radical voice for change, grounded in a deep understanding of how education systems work.  In the third Australian Learning Lecture, The Future School, Valerie will explore the challenges the old idea of ‘school’ faces in the context of the disruptive shifts that are underway in our world, and the responses that are emerging. 


The Future School will be a provocative and progressive view of learning and education, and a ‘must attend’ event for parents, school leaders and teachers.  Drawing on a global horizon scan of innovative schools commissioned by the Australian Learning Lecture, Valerie will present the principles that inform future-focused schools and highlight the diverse forms that the Future School is starting to assume.

Valerie will respond to the question “How can change happen?” by including global examples of how schools and learning are being re-invented. She will explore the roles of leaders, systems, philanthropists, parents and learners in accelerating the shift towards future-ready schools. 

Valerie Hannon is a global thought leader, inspiring systems to re-think what ‘success’ will mean in the C 21st, and the implications for education. She is co-founder of the UK-based Innovation Unit. She has worked on education change in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and Africa, and is a founding member and Co-Chair of the Global Education Leaders partnership – GELP.

Valerie is an expert adviser on education to the OECD, and a frequent contributor to the World Summit on Innovation in Education (WISE).

School leaders and teachers - don't miss The Future School Masterclass

Join three exceptional, dynamic and inspiring educational innovators from international exemplar schools and take a deep dive into the ‘how to’ of future-focused school transformation, at the Future School Masterclass.  The Future School Masterclass, on Friday 20th March, will explore how change can happen at a school and system level, informed by expert practitioners who have successfully re-invented traditional learning.  More information and bookings

19/03/2020 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm
Thursday 19th March at 6:00pm - Thursday 19th March at 7:15pm

State Library Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Free (bookings essential)