what is the future of education?

THE NEXT TERM is an arts and research project led by three North West based artists and educators which is connecting with young people, teachers and educators to present this hugely important question to the public.

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The project seeks to use creative platforms to challenge government priorities within the UK education system in a creative, positive and forward-thinking way; through a series of large-scale, responsive artworks that will radically transform a disused primary school in Openshaw, Greater Manchester.

In recent years, our world has changed dramatically, however the way in which we educate our younger generations has remained largely the same. Whilst the need for creativity, collaboration and innovation increases, schools face huge pressure to adhere to a results-driven culture of teaching to the test. THE NEXT TERM therefore asks:

How might our education system nurture the young generation to become the curious, adaptable and innovative thinkers of tomorrow?


What skills and knowledge should the government be investing in to reflect the digitally revolutionised, globalised and volatile twenty first century world we now live in?

Through exciting and creative platforms, the project seeks to engage the public with the topics raised, through a provocative, interactive and politically-charged series of events which explore the future of 21st century education.


Inspired through their work across many sectors of both mainstream and alternative education for the last few years, The Next Term is the brainchild of artists & educators Jess Loveday, Joanna Roy & Sophie Mahon and their first collaborative project together.

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