With no one sure what the workplace of the future holds, our panel discuss the advantages that different approaches to education could confer. What will be the impact on traditional subjects such as modern languages and maths?


Hugo de Burgh

Professor Hugo de Burgh, founder of the first Anglo Chinese prep school launching in September, started his academic life in teaching History at Edinburgh University before working as an education correspondent and television producer for STV, BBC and Channel 4. In 2004 he joined the University of Westminster as Professor of Journalism, where he set up the China Media Centre. The Centre’s research and consultancy work has given him extensive contacts in China and fed an unquenchable interest in its language, modern literature and governance.

He is the author/editor of eight books and is Professor at Tsinghua University under the Ministry of Education’s International Expertise Programme.

Christine Cunniffe

Christine Cunniffe, was educated in the state sector and completed a BA Hons in Music and History followed by a MMus degree at Reading University. Christine completed a PGCE in 1994 and an MBA in 2013 and has been Head of Music in three schools – one comprehensive, one state grammar and LVS Ascot since 2003. During this time she has enjoyed posts as Assistant Head Academic, Assistant Head Pastoral, Headmistress of Senior school and Principal since September 2015.


Christine sits on the committees for the Society of Heads, the executive committee for the BSA and is an ISI Quality of Education inspector. As a mother of three children, Christine understands the gender and ability diversity of all children and the need for space and time to reflect and nurture skills at the right pace for the individual.

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