Karine George

Karine George

Karine George - A lifelong learner with a passion to re-imagine a new future for education. Working currently as an Educational Consultant, but with more than 20 years of Headship experience at the coalface. Against this background I know one thing to be true - that is, collaboration brings the greatest learning! I am passionate about real agency in learning and the promotion of pupil voice and as such work in local, national and international settings bringing insights into what a dynamic learning environments could look like and how behavioural insights for education can support real engagement. I network widely in order to get inside and understand the issues faced by learners and educators. I love to push the boundaries and will continue to work with and alongside, academics, business leaders and educationalist because together we are stronger Together we can find better solution more rapidly!

I am currently as a Freelance Consultant but with more than 20 years working as a headteacher in a school rated as outstanding by Ofsted, England’s school inspection and regulatory body. I am an active research practitioner, with a proven track record of creating and sharing new learning opportunities that link research, education and business environments together.

As an ardent advocate for the use of technology to support learners I have reported to the Department for Education on the use of technology. Currently, I am contributing to a series of webinars on AI Readiness given the rapid shifts in the use of tech-based solutions following the closure of schools across the world and have been an advisor and teacher for a new global elementary school.

I have worked in all sectors of education, empowering global organisations to develop, creative and committed leaders who get better results with simple solutions and am passionate about driving transformation, specialising in leadership development and pedagogy.

I am a keynote speaker and have written articles on a range of educational issues and was a contributing author to;

 ‘Sustainable School Transformation: An Inside-Out School Led Approach’ (edited by David Crossley, Bloomsbury), which looks at how the rigour of traditional top-down accountability models can be combined with the engagement and buy-in of school-led “inside-out” approaches.

‘A Stranger in My Own Body: Atypical Gender Identity Development and Mental Health’ (Edited by Domenico Di Ceglie with David Freeman) which looks at atypical gender identity development and its relevance to mental health in children and adolescents from the different perspectives of clinicians, researchers and educators.

I am an international keynote speaker and have spoken for a number of National organisations, LEA’s and Universities, demonstrating how the learning landscape is changing and how parents in partnership with schools can lead to greater student achievement.

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

To  be part of and collaborate with a community of problem-solvers- the movers and shakers i n education!

How can education support students to flourish?

By making Learning real, relevant and motivating to our students.  Giving students a voice and ensuring real agency in learning. 

Given the rapid shifts in education towards the adoption of tech based solutions, following the closure of many schools during the pandemic, the time is ripe to consider what Artificial Intelligence can do to solve some of our biggest problems in education, for example reducing teacher time spent on marking, assessment and data analysis; supporting recruitment or by identifying inaccuracies in how we perceive our strengths and weaknesses – and in what we know and don't know.

However, in order to make best use of AI, we need to heighten our awareness of what it is to be Human so that we do not over-value the intelligence displayed by this latest technology. In order to do this, we need to develop our understanding of what shapes our intelligence and makes us different, so that we can judge wisely the evidence of what is happening around us in the world.

If our moral imperative is indeed to educate tomorrows future, then we need to help our students to hear the voices in their own heads so that they question and challenge what they are being told, what they read, and what the data presented to them means. Against this background, their contributions to the world will be more meaningful.  

What role does innovation play in education change?

Innovation empowers students to become life-long learners through executing an idea brilliantly and communicating it well to solve problems and then applying it at scale. In this way education adapts, evolves and stays relevant.

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

www.theschoolinthecloud.org - I  have  followed Professor Sugata Mitra’s work and heard him talk at different conferences.  He brushes aside established thinking and builds communities of learners in extrodinary ways.

Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

Project World School (https://hundred.org/en/innovations/project-world-school) Fostering real collaboration within a leaning community  and by passing the barriers .

BYkids - Their World, Their Films (https://hundred.org/en/innovations/bykids-their-world-their-films) Giving children a voice to bring the real issues that affect them to the fore.  Context is key for readiness to learn.

Marvellous Mistakes (https://hundred.org/en/innovations/marvellous-mistakes)Because the cutting edge of our learning is the mistakes we all make.