In January, the largest gathering of education and skills ministers in the world once again takes place in the United Kingdom (UK). The Education World Forum (EWF) is the internationally recognised ministerial forum for debating future practice in education.

The event (27-30 January 2013) brings together delegates from more than 70 countries, representing over 70 per cent of the world’s population and is supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Department for Education (DfE), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the British Council and the EWF industry partners.

The first of the keynote debates during the forum will reflect on the forum’s theme of Policy Making for Quantity, Quality and Impact. Its speakers will examine the challenges of reaching all learners, the policies and actions that, evidence tells us, lead to improved quality and improved student achievement, and ultimately the impacts that should be expected from a successful education system. The debate includes contributions from Andreas Schleicher, special advisor on education policy to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) secretary general, the founder and director of Escuela Nueva, Vicky Colbert, and Dr Russell J Quaglia, president of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations.

The keynote will see Andreas Schleicher reflect on OECD evidence with a focus on improving quality and effecting impact. He will also talk about the impact of education with respect to enterprise and employment, and the development of associated skills and capabilities. Vicky Colbert, will join Schleicher to present on Escuela Nueva’s model of social innovation and its approach to providing a replicable and scalable solution to address the issues of quality and equity in education. Dr Russ Quaglia has led research on the Million Voices Project which gathered views from learners on their needs and ambitions. He has translated these views into action at school level through the Aspirations Academies in England and Charter Schools in the US and will use his presentation to reflect on his work in learning, student aspirations and enterprise.

The keynote debates and ministerial exchange sessions run across three days and will close at Bett, the world’s leading showcase of learning technologies, with a presentation from secretary of state for business, innovation and skills, Rt Hon Vince Cable, MP.

The EWF, the internationally recognised ministerial forum for debating future policy and practice in education, runs from 28 to 30 January 2013.

A full list of speakers and their sessions is available at

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