The Education Futures Collaboration
The Education Futures Collaboration is an independent organisation for educators and their partners who wish to work collaboratively to improve the quality of education. The Collaboration is managed by trustees from the Founding Member Organisations. Engagement in the Education Futures Collaboration is open to all organisations and individuals who support the AIMS of the Collaboration.
The ideas, values and work strands underpinning the Education Futures Trust have been evolving for many years through the professional interests and work of a number of Founding Members. In 2012, these people joined the parts together and formed the Education Futures Collaboration with support from the following members and organisations:
Academy for Innovation, UK
Australian Teacher Education Association, (ATEA) Australia
University of Bedfordshire, UK
Birmingham City University, UK
University of Cambridge, UK
Core Education, International
De Montfort University, UK
University of Hull, UK
International Council on Education for Teaching, (ICET) International
King’s College London, UK
St Mary's University College, UK
Melbourne University, Australia
Plymouth University, UK
Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand - Te Rauika Titohu Kaiako o Aoteraoa (TEFANZ), New Zealand
Victoria University, Australia
The University of Waikato, New Zealand
University of the West of Scotland, UK
University of Winchester, UK
University of Wolverhampton, UK
Why a Collaboration?
There are pockets of innovation, evidence-based practice and excellence in teaching and learning, nationally and internationally, but if educators are to succeed in a time of global financial uncertainty and educational change, then we must act together to join these pockets up within a specialist environment, which connects us and our ideas and aggregates our networks for the betterment of our profession and the learners.
The Education Futures Collaboration provides an e-infrastructure, which both connects together the isolated initiatives and creates national and international development capacity, allowing for knowledge exchange and co-creation between educators, teacher educators, policy-makers and academics nationally and internationally.
The Collaboration notes parallel work undertaken in health to build and quality assure the research base and make available to practitioners through, for example, the Cochrane Collaboration, the Map of Medicine and in the UK, NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).
Staff from a wide range of universities and schools are already involved in the activities. An analysis of users of the Education Communities platform from the two year pilot stage shows engagement of over 800 educators from over 140 UK schools, universities and colleges; over 70 universities outside of the UK; over 100 charities, companies and education consultancies. This has been through word of mouth during the pilot phase. As with the local government communities of practice, some public servants in central government organisations also use the online community way of working to collaborate with their contacts in the field.
To keep in touch with the Collaboration, register on the Education Communities platform HERE and then join the Education Futures Collaboration community HERE and set up your alerts (click ‘receive email alerts’ in the toll box on the right hand sidebar) to receive updates of any activity on the platform.