George Stokes

Head of Education Technology

The Arbor School

George wants to live in a world where education is perfect, climate change is under control and Plymouth Argyle are in the Premier League. Okay, he might not ever get to see all three, but one would be nice. Having performed a range of roles such as Head of Mathematics, Head of Innovation and now Head of Education Technology, George is passionate about pedagogy. In 2018, George was honoured to receive a GESS Award for his impact on education in Dubai and was also a finalist in the Middle East Influencer of the Year Award; the two awards sit proudly alongside his Under 11’s football medals at home. As a teacher of 9 years, George has slowly added to his philosophy on education by reading, speaking and writing regularly for publications such as the TES about teaching and learning. He is particularly interested in the relationship between curriculum, assessment and the influence of cognitive science research on classroom practice.


Leadership stream

27 February 2020 | 10:30 - 11:00 | English | Leading change- Impacting learning with ed-tech

Discovering cognitive science this year has uncovered many misconceptions that I held about how I should be teaching. Through reading, listening to podcasts and discussing on Twitter, I've realised that a lot of the way we do things in schools goes against much of the available research. However, as teaching is not an exact science, we all know that sometimes we have to back our teacher judgement on the decisions that we make, so how do we strike the balance? This talk is for anyone who is interested in learning what the cognitive science research tells us about learning and how it can be applied in the classroom. It will document the case study that I have undertaken in my school. I'll share the challenges I faced when trying to change my practice and what the results have been.