School hosts BrainCanDo conference

On March 6-7, Queen Anne’s School in Caversham, will host a two-day BrainCanDo conference for students, teachers and parents

BrainCanDo: Inspiring Women – Friday 6 March

Students will hear from inspiring women from the world of academia and business, each discussing their own journey and promoting a ‘no limits’ approach to life. The day will include breakout sessions for students to experience focused discussions and teaching on topics such as career speed mentoring, yoga and real life skills.

Speakers include:

  • Zoe Jackson, founder, Living the Dream Performing Arts Company
  • Sejal Hathi, entrepreneur & founder of Girls Helping Girls & Girltank
  • Jo Elvin, editor, Glamour Magazine
  • Stephanie Butcher, fund manager, Invesco Perpetual
  • Nicola Morgan, award-winning author of ‘Blame my Brain’ 

BrainCanDo: Education for the 21st Century – Saturday 7 March

Delegates will be invited to discuss and debate the future of education and how best to prepare students. The conference will include key speakers from the fields of business, technology, and education.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL
  • Andrew Curran, paediatric neurologist and independent thinking expert
  • Emma Mulqueeny, founder of Rewired State
  • Professor Sandra McNally, Professor of Economics, University of Surrey
  • Professor Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick 

The Saturday conference day will end with a panel discussion with Barnaby Lenon, Chairman of ISC, Julia Harrington, Headmistress of Queen Anne’s School, Peter Dart, director of WPP and will be chaired by Ed Dorrell, Deputy Editor of The TES.

Talking about the two-day BrainCanDo conference, Mrs Julia Harrington, Queen Anne’s School Headmistress said: “We believe that learning is far more than just gathering information. Our brains can do amazing things if you know how to use them. There are no limits to learning, no need to curb curiosity and no ceiling to success. 

“Our BrainCanDo Conferences will aim to fuel innovation and creativity through a series of regular events, talks and learning sessions and this year, we will be hosting our first ever two-day conference at the school to help support, encourage and inspire our students and peers.”                                                     

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