Richard White, Headteacher of the Isle of Wight Studio School, recently represented the UK Studio School Trust at the World Innovation Summit for Education (W.I.S.E.) in Doha, Qatar.

The summit has resulted in Richard coming back to the Island with many exciting ideas to introduce to the East Cowes-based school, as well as information to share with other colleagues across the UK.

Speaking after the event Richard said:

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“I was thrilled to be invited to represent the UK Studio Schools at this illustrious event. Delegates attended from every corner of the globe to discuss, develop a better understanding, and of course learn, about the health of World education.

“The theme for the convention was around Co-exist and Co-create. Topics at the heart of discussion included the massive World migration and refugees, causing millions to miss their education, as well as the ever-changing face of education through the World growth in technologies.

“It was the most amazing experience. I attended workshops, seminars, panel interviews and whole delegate presentations. I met and discussed education issues as well as describing where in the World the Isle of Wight Studio School was in relation to the UK and how we work with professionals from China, USA, Norway, France, Colombia and Ghana”.

“What came across loud and clear was the significant place that emotional and social learning plays in the most advanced and successful innovative education systems across the World – something we at the Studio School are proud to claim is central to much of what we do”.

Richard added:

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“Qatar is an incredible country which in its ‘modern’ form is only 50 years old. However, it is an incredibly wealthy land with opulent buildings, cars and architecture. It certainly opened my eyes to a culture that I was quite unfamiliar with. It was a great privilege to meet the warm and engaging Qataris who welcomed us all to this summit, which was hosted by members of the Qatar Royal Family and the Government.”

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