Bringing together thinkers and leaders
in education, innovation & future thinking


Bringing together the best of McCrindle's research and analytics with SCIL's hands-on experience and innovation, the Education Future Forum is an opportunity for educational leaders and practitioners to engage in the dialogue around the future needs, trends and directions in education. The day will inform and inspire those who are seeking to understand this generation and simultaneously envision a school where the learning captures the hearts and minds of young people. There will also be the opportunity to tour Northern Beaches Christian School, to see students and teachers in action and view the learning spaces.

The Education Future Forum will showcase results from new research on the education sector with a niche focus on the future of education. The research explores the trends, themes and influential factors that relate to the future of education in Australia. Areas scoped through the research include technology, generational transitions in staffing and leadership roles within the education sector, pedagogical styles, physical learning spaces, social licence, needs of students of the future and broader demographic shifts across Australian communities.

The day will conclude with motivational coach Greg McDermott, seeking to educate, motivate and inspire. Greg's inspirational story will encourage and inspire you to take action, chase your goals and to ultimately be the best you can be.

This was fabulous as a stepping stone for my thinking.
Very informative and presented many of the challenges facing education in the future.
Good variety of speakers, all offering something different.

Event Information


25 November, 2016
9:30 am - 3:30 pm


Northern Beaches Christian School
(1 Echunga Road, Terrey Hills, Sydney NSW 2084)

Cost  (All prices include GST)

Earlybird until 30 September: $199
Full Registration: $249


If you have any queries or require further information, please don't hesitate to get in touch:



9.30 am | Welcome & Introduction
Arrival and registration

9.45 am | Session 1
'Education towards 2020; The Changing Context and Emerging Trends' (Presentation of Education Future Research Results) by Mark McCrindle

'The Global Trends Impacting Local Schools' by Ashley McKenzie

10.15 am | Session 2
'Innovation and Adaptation: Quality Education in Changing Times' (Insights from the Education Future Research) by Stephen Harris

10.45 am | Morning Tea

11.15 am | Session 3
'Independent Education and Government Funding; The Social License for Schools' by Dr James Dalziel

11.45 am | Session 4
Facilitated Panel Discussion of Education Future Research Results; Implications and Applications

12.15 pm | Launch of 2017 Education Future Research
Schools are invited to register and participate in the 2017 Education Future Research project.

12.30 pm | Lunch

1 pm | Tour of NBCS
You'll explore a number of different learning spaces across the campus. Some of the larger spaces have been custom-built, others have been renovated and re-imagined from older spaces. All the spaces are constantly changing, adapting and integrating new ideas.

1.45 pm | Session 5
'Creating Effective Learning Spaces; The Pedagogical Underpinnings' by Anne Knock

2.15 pm | Session 6
Technology Buzz Groups, including;

  • Emerging Technology Showcase
  • Managing the Technology Downside

2.45 | Afternoon Tea

2.55 pm | Session 7
'Sedentary Lives and Obesity Amongst the Next Generation' by Greg McDermott. Greg is an endurance triathlete and motivational speaker who turned his life around in 2013. He aims to educate, motivate and inspire. 

3.30 pm | Wrap Up


The Presenting Team

Stephen Harris
Principal, Northern Beaches Christian School

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Mark McCrindle
Demographer & Social Researcher, McCrindle Research

Anne Knock
Director of Development, Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning

Greg McDermott
Endurance triathlete & motivational speaker


Ashley McKenzie
Social Researcher, Trends Analyst & Team Leader of Communications, McCrindle Research


Dr James Dalziel
Research Fellow for The Excellence Centre at Pacific Hills Christian School and Dean of Education at Morling College


An initiative of SCIL and McCrindle Research
Please note: this event is not BOSTES endorsed professional development