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Future Fwd


A new concept in education conferences; Future Fwd, will be held in Warwick, on Monday 4 - Tuesday 5 July 2022.

Future Fwd is focused on Next Generations, and how educationalists and business leaders can enable them to be the changemakers of tomorrow. Therefore the traditional conference format is reimagined to be a practical, future-focused, creative conference, with young people at its core.

  • Cross sector, nationwide event for all educational sectors: (independent and state schools, colleges, universities), and business & industry

  • Not for profit, accessible to all, and free to attend

  • Values: Inspiration, Collaboration, & Innovation

  • Day 1: a Next Gen panel interview followed by a program of talks on Curriculum, Tech, Industry & Business, Culture and Entrepreneurship, including speakers from The Royal Shakespeare Company, the University of Warwick and Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The evening features a reception at Warwick Castle, with discussions with pupil groups on the themes of the conference.
  • Day 2: a morning of discussion hubs to develop the ideas from day 1 and incorporate them into the future direction of education. Running parallel on day 2 is a Jubilee conference specifically for sixth formers.

Future Fwd is a unique event hosted by the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation, where the Foundation Principal, Richard Nicholson is passionate about paving the way for future generations to succeed, and how as a society we can support by listening to them about their priorities: “Society is navigating through a pandemic and post-pandemic era, with significant implications for education and the workplace. I believe schools must reflect these seismic changes in their approach to education, otherwise we will lose our relevance, and risk being disconnected from the communities we serve.”

A conference like no other, Future Fwd will hear directly from young people, and delegates will be a cohort of creative thinkers, working together in a new format.

“With Future Fwd, our aim is to bring together passionate people, who want to listen to the Next Gen, and share powerful ideas to enable them to succeed. To help us in this journey we’ve curated a brilliant line up of inspiring speakers who we know will challenge and provoke thought and discussion. We have reimagined the conference format to reflect our key aims: inspiration, collaboration and innovation. We invite anyone who’s passionate about this area to register to join us.” Nicholson added.

Future Fwd is delighted to be run in partnership with the University of Warwick and Warwickshire College University Centre.

Rachel Sandby-Thomas CB, Registrar at the University of Warwick said: “The themes of inspiration, innovation and collaboration resonate strongly with the University of Warwick’s DNA, in supporting and encouraging our young people to lead the way in making a better world. We very much welcome this initiative and are very pleased to be a part of it.”

Angela Joyce, Chief Executive of Warwickshire College University Centre said "Warwickshire has a rich heritage of academic excellence and of industry innovation, so we are pleased to be working with other forward-thinking organisations to focus on how we work collaboratively to best support our future generations."