Education Leaders Briefing

12th January 2011
London, UK

Thank you to all the delegates who joined us for the Education Leaders Briefing 2011.

Focusing on the need for preparing students with 21st Century Skills, the Education Leaders Briefing gathered over 275 ministers, policy makers, education leaders and experts from 60 countries for discussions on the topic of ‘Education Innovation and National Competitiveness’ on January 12th 2011 in London.

Delivered jointly by British Council and Microsoft the Education Leaders Briefing was organized as part of a week-long series of education events, coinciding with the Education World Forum, hosted by the UK Government and sponsored by Microsoft, and BETT Show, one of the largest ICT in education conferences worldwide.

To hear from our 11 expert speakers and view session video clips, presentations and speaker biographies please select program.

Education Innovation and National Competitiveness

New technology continually affects how we live, work, play and learn. This constant innovation as well as changes in the global economy have created a need for students to gain new skills that will help them succeed in work and life. Educational institutions need to respond to this change and embrace new teaching methods that help students acquire sophisticated and flexible skills to be successful in work and life.

Read here about the new findings of the Innovative Teaching and Learning Research project and learn more about the joint Cisco, Intel and Microsoft project, Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills (ATC21S), which aims to identify the skills students need to be successful now and in the future and to shape how schools teach those skills.

Now in its fourth year, the Education Leaders Briefing continues to promote joint dialogue about education transformation with policy makers, education experts and industry. Together with our partners around the world, we are focusing on transforming education, workforce development and local innovation. Please talk to your local Microsoft education representative about creating partnerships to help move your education agenda forward. For more information please visit