Million Futures aimed to identify what the general public thinks are the biggest challenges facing education in the future.
The Million Futures website presented six questions about future life and learning in the UK such as, ‘What do you want your country to be like?’ and ‘What should education be like for our grandchildren?’ Featuring a virtual sky, the site enabled users to launch virtual paper aeroplanes to which they anonymously attached their hopes, fears and aspirations for the future. As well as sharing their own views, visitors could explore the virtual aeroplanes already in flight to see how other people had responded.
Everyone was encouraged to take part, and to support schools that wanted to get involved a lesson plan was designed to help teachers introduce the activity into classrooms nationwide.
The responses contained in the Million Futures virtual aeroplanes contributed to the outcomes from Beyond Current Horizons, and will be used to inform the Government’s long-term scenario planning for education.