The Felipe Segovia Symposium is an annual meeting organised by the Foundation where the entire teaching community from SEK Schools and Camilo José Cela University (UCJC) share and celebrate their best educational practices revolving around the ideas of our founder whose philosophy on education gave birth to the ordinances of our Group.

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The 1st Felipe Segovia Symposium was held on 13 November 2015. School teachers and University lecturers, together with students studying Education at UCJC, were invited to this space for reflection and professional development where talent and experience were celebrated while learning about the most innovative initiatives that enhance our students’ learning experiences and are a hallmark of our Group.

This first year hinged on: “the student, the measure of the life and education at SEK Group”, the first point of the Group’s Ethos and at the core of its educational activity. The practices showcased at the event highlighted the role of the student as the driver of his or her own learning process.
The event was structured around three panels: ‘Learning Spaces’, ‘Teaching and learning: strategies’ and ‘Educational Innovation at the University’. The panels discussed different initiatives including creative spaces, maker spaces, teaching methods for maths and the SEK-Lab.

The following tools were used to extend participation to the entire SEK Educational Community: Streaming, the internal social networking tool Yammer, the social video network Wooze and the typical social media platforms Twitter and Facebook.

We put special emphasis on participation from the SEK Educational Community because we are all teachers and students, and as Felipe Segovia said: Teaching is something we learn to do every day


The Second Felipe Segovia Symposium took place on 11 November 2016. It was a meeting for the teaching community that introduced a number of pedagogical initiatives developed and promoted across the different learning spheres of the SEK International Schools and Camilo José Cela University.
During the second edition, the Felipe Segovia Symposium focused on the concept: SEK Education Group, a community for learning.

The first block of the symposium revolved around maker spaces with discussions about the “Maker Movement” and an introduction from Professor Stephen Heppell.

It showcased over 40 initiatives launched over the course of this and the previous academic year at SEK International Schools and Camilo José Cela University, in the block of workshops entitled ‘Best Practices’. In addition, it highlighted the conclusions from the Team A co-creation workshops and introduced the Junior Advisory Board, made up of 10 SEK International School students.

The event ended with the SEK Awards ceremony and a special tribute to Felipe Segovia Olmo, recently recognised for his educational work with the Grand Cross of Alfonso X, the Wise.

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The Third Symposium took place on 10 November 2017 in the classrooms of the SEK International School El Castillo and on the Camilo José Cela University campus.

The meeting offered the opportunity to showcase numerous education initiatives that are being carried out and developed in the different learning environments of SEK International Schools and Camilo José Cela University, bringing together 450 people at the UCJC campus and in the classrooms of SEK-El Castillo.

The event coincided with the 125th anniversary of the SEK Education Group and more than 80 teachers and lecturers actively participated in the 37 works that were presented.

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The Fourth Felipe Segovia Symposium, organised by the Felipe Segovia Foundation, was held on 16 November 2018. The event’s central theme was “Learning Spaces” (spaces in all of their facets: spaces inside and outside of the classroom, in-person and virtual spaces, spaces in formal and informal contexts; in short, spaces as the third educator).

One of the main lines of modern educational innovation is related to transforming educational spaces, the third educator, along with the student and the teacher, in the development of the teaching-learning process.

The new century and the technological revolution mean we have to adapt, and academia cannot lag behind in this transformative movement. For that reason, since it was founded, SEK Education Group has been committed to being a forward-thinking institution and accepted what society has demanded of us, creating new spaces that guarantee the acquisition of new skills and abilities that are appropriate for this globalised world.

The concept of Learning Spaces was, therefore, the focus of the Fourth Felipe Segovia Symposium where the whole SEK community enjoyed sharing and learning about this educator that is fundamental for all of us.

During the meeting, our educational community from the Schools and the University shared their best learning practices, inspired by Felipe Segovia, a man whose vision of education set the coordinates for our Group.

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On 29 November 2019, the Felipe Segovia Foundation organised the Fifth Felipe Segovia Symposium, which was held on the Villafranca campus and at the SEK International School El Castillo.

This edition was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the implementation of the ‘Intelligent Classroom’ Educational Model. During the symposium, staff from SEK Schools and from Camilo José Cela University School of Education and Health led several workshops related to this model and outlined the conclusions reached regarding its impact on students’ learning experiences.

Panel discussions were also held at the same time where participants reflected on the past, present, and future of the Intelligent Classroom.

Among the other activities that took place during the Fifth Felipe Segovia Symposium, there was a screening of the documentary ‘Intelligent Classroom’ which reflects on the relevance of this model.

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The Sixth Felipe Segovia Symposium took place on 16 November 2020 and brought together more than 1,000 virtual participants comprising lecturers, teachers, students and families, among them more than 700 staff and students from SEK Education Group, to share, reflect and collaborate.

The Symposium was an opportunity for reflection and collaboration, where teachers worked together and co-designed practices through 23 strands, learning spaces where members of the Educational Community shared their professional findings. The result of these findings will be a micro-innovation which will be monitored during the academic year and included in a “playbook” so it can be shared with the entire SEK and UCJC teaching community.

At the beginning of the event, Stephen Heppell, Director of the Felipe Segovia Chair of Innovation for Learning at UCJC, spoke about how to achieve better learning experiences through sacrifice and motivation. He also took the opportunity to send a message to the community challenging us to always look for opportunities for play.

This edition also included a speech by Fernando Reimers, Director of Harvard’s Global Education Innovation Initiative and International Education Policy Programme, who, under the title ‘Educar para un Renacimiento’ (Educate for a Renaissance) praised the work done by SEK’s community of teachers and students.

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