Created in 2010 as a thought-forum and conference on educational theory and developments, The Festival of Education is one of the most exciting, credible and inspiring education events of the year. Set within the beautiful grounds of Wellington College, this two day event hosts speakers of international renown and topical, meaningful and thought-provoking sessions, allowing educators to implement new ideas and best practice in the classroom.
In June 2019 we celebrated the 10th Festival of Education attracting a record number of Festival attendees and speakers. Across the two days over 4,200 people attended the Festival and had the opportunity to listen to over 400 speakers and meet other like-minded individuals in a relaxed setting.
The Festival continues to attract education’s most forward-thinking innovators, practitioners, influencers, politicians, journalists and business leaders, all sharing knowledge and passion to improve education and outcomes for all. As a result of this added-value experience, some schools now create an INSET day to ensure all their staff can attend.
Our programme of content is diverse and broad, covering topics from Stem to the arts, apprenticeships to the curriculum and governance to SEND. At the 10th Festival of Education, our headline speakers included David Baddiel, Amanda Spielman, Akala, Lord Agnew, Lord David Blunkett, Steph McGovern, Will Self, Hayley Mulenda, Rory Bremner and Gyles Brandreth.
Download this year’s agenda to see what was on offer – click here.
Planning for the 11th Festival of Education is now underway – we are now accepting applications to speak at this year’s Festival. The application window is open until 18:00 on Friday 29th November. For more information and to apply click here.
Tickets for 2020 are now on sale and to mark this launch we are offering at least 40% off.
For more information regarding tickets please click here.
“The Festival of Education is unique amongst the many educational conferences and events across the year and, believe me, I go to a lot of them. Each year seems to have its own character which is imprinted on it and various speakers including Julian made reference to the Brexit Festival. However, this EdFest has been the funniest I have ever been to! I have literally laughed more than I have in years. All this amongst some truly inspirational speakers and exploration of highly topical issues. What a fabulous couple of days.”
“I am a governor at a secondary school and parent to 3 teenage children and I attended Ed Fest for the first time today. I was blown away by the programme and my only struggle of the day was deciding which talks to attend as there were so many that sounded interesting. All the speakers I heard were articulate, knowledgeable and passionate about their topic and I have come away inspired to find out more and to pass on some of the key messages. A fantastic event for anyone with an interest in education.”