Innovation in Istanbul

At Wavemaker, we care about influencing the future of educational practices, both in and around Stoke-on-Trent, as well as the UK and beyond. Knowing this, it was time for Ben, our CEO, to dig out his passport after the ‘TIP Project’ (teacher improvement project, funded by Erasmus+) invited him along to Istanbul to join teachers and educations to discuss learning journeys and look at how education can adapt to have stronger links with business.

Educators and teacher from the Czech Republic, UK, Ireland, Portugal and Turkey have all been taking part in a two year programme focused on individual and evolving learning journeys, with visits to various countries to see how they view education and the steps they take to preparing its citizens for the world of business and help students transition into workers.

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The project takes a careful look at how it can help young people in the future by exploring the methods and ideas of different countries, with a heavy focus on important areas such as opportunities training; information, advice and guidance training and apprenticeships. With three visits down (one of which included the UK in January- hosted at Wavemaker where we showed off our Full STEAM Ahead resources and all we had to offer), Ben and the rest of TIP Project participants are pleased to be gaining a much larger picture of what education needs to progress, and how we can make a real difference to the lives of young people.

When asked about his experience in Istanbul, Ben says, ‘As a city, I was blown away by Istanbul. Everyone and everything has a purpose- in each and every community- and it all works together seamlessly. Everybody is making something to improve their lives and keep them moving. In terms of learning, the problems that we see in the UK are no different than the problems facing education systems abroad.’

We’re looking forward to implementing some of the lessons and ideas Ben got from his trip and continuing to change the attitudes around education and what it is perceived to be.

Mary Fletcher