Date: 12th May 2022

Time: 17:30PM – 18:30PM

Location: ONLINE – via Zoom

Events series: The power of practical learning in education

As part of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s active work to build an inclusive education system for engineers, they held a live panel discussion of the report: ‘Reimagining practical learning in secondary schools: A review of the evidence’.  Our co-founders, Laura Watford and Jorden Birch were part of the panel discussion for this webinar.

The Academy has marked the publication of this research in collaboration with Professor Bill Lucas and Dr Janet Hanson, from the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester.

Despite growing recognition of its contribution to the development of critical engineering skills, practical learning still tends to be seen as a lesser alternative to academic learning, remaining misunderstood and underappreciated. This equips educators with restrictive tools that fail to not only build competent engineers, but also to engage the entire talent pool.

This research serves as the first step to tackle practical learning’s mischaracterisation, reach beyond unhelpful educational binaries and reimagine the future of whole learning.


5.20pm Zoom waiting room opens
5.30pm Welcome address
5.35pm Introduction to the report
5.45pm Panel discussion
6.00pm Q&A
6.25pm Closing remarks
6.30pm Close of event