Key Address at The Future of Innovation in Learning and Teaching in Schools 2021

Moving Mountains: Love, Desire and Perceptual Integration

Our own ROMBi founder and Access 1st Director, Penny Georgiou, is presenting at the Institute of Government & Public Policy's showcase event; The Future of Innovation in Learning and Teaching in Schools 2021!

This leading event is being held online from June 23rd at 9am until 2pm on June 24th. The event brings together industry leaders to discuss the future of education and the latest innovations to support teaching moving forward.

The event

The UK government announced an investment of over £14 billion for primary and secondary education between August 2019 and 2022/23. From 2020/21 every secondary school will receive a minimum of £5,000 per pupil and from 2021/22 every primary school will receive a minimum of £4,000 per pupil.

The Prime Minister’s intention is to ensure that every child receives a superb education, regardless of which school they attend or where they grew up.

The IGPP’s event will showcase the latest Government and senior body updates and see case study examples from across a variety of primary and secondary education settings illustrating how they have achieved breakthroughs in teaching and learning delivery through innovation and technology.

Penny’s presentation

ROMBi founder and Access 1st Director Penny will be sharing her knowledge, insights on learning and how her experience led to the creation of the revolutionary puzzle, ROMBi.

Education professional, Penny, began working with disabled (SEN&D) students at a university in the mid 90s, whilst undertaking psychoanalytic training. As training proceeded, Penny’s involvement in both aspects of her work grew and she decided to stay with both, eventually setting up Access 1st in 2010.

Penny’s presentation entitled ‘Moving Mountains: Love, Desire and Perceptual Integration’ explores how learning is not something that we do, it is a happening.

Extract from presentation:

Without the auspices of love we cannot exist; it is our field of engagement. Without desire, there can be no ideas, direction or movement; it is our engine and our compass. Without perceptual integration, there can be no coherence in our expression; cultivating it lays the foundations for our mental, physical and aesthetic infrastructure.

What does ROMBi do and how does it do it?

Penny’s presentation explains how our minds are processing billions of bits of information all the time, even more so in the metropolis of the digital age. Without sufficient structured handplay to establish a foundation for embodied synchronic information processing, the personality – as the only other rigid structure - bears an unduly burdensome load of decision-making, which becomes necessary when the automatic information processing structures of the mind are not able clearly identify issues and come to a decision about how to respond. In these instances, we see ourselves caught in reaction, rather than being able to ask ourselves what we really want and then allowing this to inspire and inform how we go forward.

The puzzle situates the thinking being, the ‘I’ of our sentences, and allowing them to act in a coordinated way, being able to handle the relevant variables with increasing dexterity. This is what we are observing in learners who are using the puzzle. The more experience they have of the structured handplay, the more consistent they are able to be attunement with their desire. We observe increasing refinement in organised thinking demonstrating itself with nuances and subtleties. As the mind has access to the geometric information it needs through the experience of structured handplay, we can see how it this brings increasingly refinement and coherence to perceptual structures that organise physical, social and intellectual activity.

Why attend Penny’s session

Having access to practical tools and ideas for reducing overwork and steadily working wonders is a priority for the challenges of our times, and especially so in the day to day work of building the future in schools; from SEN&D, to mainstream, to transformative CPD for teachers. Join us to find out how ROMBi came about, what it does (case references), and where this can take us.

Reserve your place today!