EDfutures Catalyst: Michael Caldwell

Michael Caldwell, Director of Science and STEM at Perth Individual College

Michael is the Director for Science and STEM at Perth Individual College in Burswood, predominantly teaching High School Science and collaborating in other areas of the school as a Science, Digital Technologies and STEM collaborator. In his time here he has changed the teaching focus of the college from content based learning to skills based learning.  

Michael is a Founding Member of EdFutures and a Catalyst.  He first heard about EdFutures in its infancy when Rebecca Loftus (EdFutures Founder) presented at a TeachMeet and has been a passionate advocate ever since.  Michael is currently working on a unit which allows Teachers to plan more effective lessons based on learning theory in an effort to promote student autonomy. EdFutures plans to deliver this to both pre teachers and teachers of all experience in the near future.  

In addition to TeachMeets, Michael actively presents at conferences around Perth in the areas of STEM and student led learning, sharing his experiences in androgogic and heutagogic methodologies.  

EDfutures Community Night: Scaling What Works

At this community night, we want to hear what you’re doing differently in education! This session will be facilitated by Sarah Dew, of Innovation Unit, London, where she grows new solutions to complex problems. With years of experience in this field, they’ve developed a model for what it takes to bring a great solution to scale.

To learn how to apply this model, we want to hear about your projects and ideas. What’s stopping you from growing and scaling your innovation? What’s working so well that you wish everyone was doing it? Tell us about it when you register for the event, and yours could be one of the ideas we workshop on the night.

WHEN: October 10th 2018, 5.30pm – 8.30pm

WHERE: Lotteries House, City West

WHY: Community nights are an opportunity for us to welcome new members and a create some energy and understanding around EDfutures. Each community night will focus on a different theme.


Sarah Dew 

Sarah is a Project Lead at Innovation Unit, with particular expertise in scaling innovation, and health and social care. Sarah is currently leading a piece of work for the Learning and Work Institute and the Work and Health Unit (jointly sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health) to co-design a new programme of support for people who are long term unemployed with multiple health conditions.

Sarah is an expert advisor on the evaluation of the Health Foundation’s Exploring Social Franchising programme, which is being led by Cordis Bright. To the evaluation, Sarah brings her insight on how to scale innovation successfully in the NHS. This is informed in part by the report Against the Odds: successfully scaling innovation in the NHS which she co-authored for the Health Foundation, and by her work with the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA).

Previously, Sarah was part of the team working on Better Endings – a year long innovation programme for end of life care in Lambeth and Southwark supported by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. Sarah led the research to understand the health and social care context for end of life care, and led the development of Neighbourhood Care – prototyping a new model of community based support for isolated individuals at the end of life.