Paul Kelley is committed to making education better. He’s probably the UK’s best-known education innovator. He has worked with BBC, European Union, OECD, UK government and others to create, test and share better educational solutions. In 2002, his team created a Modern Languages programme used by a million students. In 2005, his work with The Open University changed UK law to allow 16-18 year-old students to study for degrees. In 2007, he established the Innovation Trust with Microsoft, based at Monkseaton High School.
There he created a new building, completed in 2010, based on matching the environment to human biology. In 2008 his book, Making Minds, argued science, not tradition, would shape learning in the future. Working with world experts in neuroscience, Kelley translates neuroscientific research about learning to real educational practice. Russell Foster at Oxford demonstrated the biological mechanisms behind teenagers’ need to sleep in longer in the morning and, working with Foster (and BBC’s Horizon), Kelley implemented a successful later start to the school day. When Douglas Fields at the National Institutes of Health, USA, demonstrated how long-term memories are created, Kelley developed Spaced Learning- intense periods of learning separated by 10-minute breaks- that has produced remarkable outcomes.
Paul Kelley has presented at conferences across the world ( including for the European Union, Brussels / EU Parliament, OECD) in UK, USA, Spain, Hungary, Japan, Italy and China. He is speaking in national conferences in the USA in the coming year. He currently is CEO of Science + Technology in Learning, advising governments and states in four continents.
There are many articles in the press about his work, and in electronic media. The Economist is one in 2007, the BBC is another in 2011.