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About The Festival

The 2021 Festival of Education will take place online across two inspiring weeks and will be free for educators across the globe.

Virtual festival

Taking place across two inspiring weeks this June, with daily keynote and Friday Fests, 16-30 June.

Inspiring keynotes

Hear from leading educationalists and thought leaders during our daily broadcasts

CPD Days

Our Friday Fest days will feature invaluable CPD opportunities for all education professionals

Free access

All content at this year's Festival of Education will be free to access, for everyone.

The Festival of Education has become one of the most exciting, credible and inspiring education events of the year. The global Covid-19 pandemic will once again prevent us from holding the Festival within the beautiful grounds of Wellington College – the home of the Festival of Education.

But we’re excited to be able to provide a virtual festival experience in 2021, and thanks to the support of Wellington College and our partners we’re able to provide free access to all Festival-goers this year.

This two-week virtual festival will host speakers of international renown and topical, meaningful and thought-provoking sessions. Our “Friday Fest” days will provide an array of meaningful CPD sessions across a variety of themes.

It won’t be the same as the real physical event – but we are determined to provide an inspiring virtual space for teachers and educators across the globe.

Pearson Keynote Debate Series

In partnership with our headline partner, Pearson, we’ve created five future focussed keynote panels. From the future of assessment to preparing for work life in 2041, these sessions will spark inspiration and discussion. 

 Whether it’s in the classroom, in the workplace or at home, Pearson provides the tools for teachers, educators, learners and parents to make the most out of learning. As a long-established leader in assessment and online learning, we believe in the power of technology and innovation to enhance the teaching and learning experience and empower all those involved in education.  

 Learn more at: go.pearson.com/digitallearning   

What will work and society look like in the future? We explore how current trends might develop over the next 20 years and how education and learning can help us prepare.
Thu, 17 June 2021 | 13:45 – 14:45
We discuss what role schools could play in ‘employability’, ensuring that students develop and can demonstrate the skills they need for the jobs of the future.
Tue, 22 June 2021 | 14:30 – 15:30
Covid-19 has driven a step change in digital innovation in education, but where does its future now lie? In this session, our panel will reflect on lessons learned over the past year and explore where we go next and how we improve.
Wed, 23 June 2021 | 14:30 – 15:30
This session explores the role learning and skills plays in addressing the inequalities exacerbated by COVID and the cost of not acting now.
Thu, 24 June 2021 | 14:30 – 15:30
We discuss the opinions of over 6,000 people on what a good qualifications and assessment system should look like for 14-19 year olds.
Tue, 29 June 2021 | 14:30 – 15:30
Festival Schedule
This year's virtual festival will take place between 16-30 June. Content is still being announced. You can view the latest schedule below. Please click on the speaker's image for more information about their sessions and to access registration.

Join us, online, for this Festival of Education keynote panel discussion, delivered in partnership with The Centre for Education and Youth.

Join us, online, to hear Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson MP, provide the opening keynote of the Festival. Followed by live Q&A.

Join us, online, to hear Deborah Frances-White deliver their 2021 Keynote address to the Festival of Education. Followed by live Q&A.

Footballer Marcus Rashford famously caused a government U-turn on holiday free school meals through a social media campaign. MP Robert Halfon’s call for a catch-up premium kick-started a government obsession that eventually led to the appointment of a “tzar” dedicated to helping pupils make up lost learning. Catchy campaigns can shine a spotlight on a problem, and focus government attention in order to get things done. But should the government stop creating restricted pots of cash, and instead listen to the headteachers asking for more money to simply be given to schools?

Join us online for this Festival Keynote discussion chaired by Penny Rabiger, Co-founder and Trustee, The BAMEed Network. Panel: Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover, Anthony Peltier, former headteacher and senior officer in the Metropolitan Police Service and Dr Angela Herbert, Chair of the Violent Crime Prevention Board.

Join us, online, to hear Tom Sherrington deliver their 2021 Keynote address to the Festival of Education. Followed by live Q&A.

The Festival of Education is delighted to partner with the news provider, Tortoise. Tortiose will be holding their online Education Summit – Schooling after the virus: can we build it back better? – during this year’s Festival. As a result of our partnership Festival of Education, attendees can access this member’s event for free!

During the day we will host over 65 invaluable CPD sessions, delivered by expert teachers and educators. Registration for our Friday Fest days is free for everyone. To register for our Friday Fest days please visit the registration area of the website. Click below to view the current schedule.

Title | The Headteacher's Handbook, Everything you wanted to know about your first Primary headship but didn't know who to ask!

Join us, online, to hear Yusuf Ibrahim deliver their 2021 Keynote address to the Festival of Education. Followed by live Q&A.

Oak National Academy launched within just weeks of lockdown. Since then the site has grown to host over 10,000 high-quality lessons covering the entire national curriculum from early years to Year 11, as well as for those with special educational needs. Over 130 million lessons have been started since April 2020. Schools are now back, but thousands of teachers and pupils continue to use Oak lessons and resources - for revision and homework or for lesson preparation, CPD and cover, suggesting there is a permanent place for free, comprehensive teacher-led edtech in the school system

Join us, online, to hear Prof Dylan Wiliam deliver their 2021 Keynote address to the Festival of Education. Followed by live Q&A.

Join us, online, to hear Prof Dylan Wiliam deliver their 2021 Keynote address to the Festival of Education. Followed by live Q&A.

Why British education needs a reboot: The Times Education Commission, and how you can become involved.

Covid-19 has driven a step change in digital innovation in education, but where does its future now lie? In this session, our panel will reflect on lessons learned over the past year and explore where we go next and how we improve.

Join us, online, to hear Dr Pragya Agarwal deliver their 2021 Keynote address to the Festival of Education. Followed by live Q&A.

Join us, online, to hear Sir Kevan Collins in conversation with Beth Kerr at the Festival of Education. Followed by live Q&A.

The Covid pandemic cemented schools’ role at the centre of their communities; many delivered food parcels and conducted regular checks on students. But as things return to normal, should the heightened focus on wellbeing continue, and even be a criterion on which schools and colleges are judged? Or is there a danger that in being expected to do too much, schools and colleges could lose focus on the one thing no other institution is tasked with doing: to ensure that their students achieve good educational outcomes?

Hear from the next generation about their experiences of racial inequality within education and beyond – and what we can do to change it. Chaired by Russell Hobby.

Join us, online, to hear HMCI Amanda Spielman deliver her 2021 Keynote address to the Festival of Education. Followed by live Q&A.

Panel: Vivienne Porritt, Keziah Featherstone, Liz Free, Jules Daulby, Parm Plummer (All Global Strategic Leaders for #WomenEd) and Christalla Jamil and Claire Price (National Leaders of @WomenEdEngland.)

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During the day we will host over 65 invaluable CPD sessions, delivered by expert teachers and educators. Registration for our Friday Fest days is free for everyone. To register for our Friday Fest days please visit the registration area of the website. Click below to view the current schedule.

Carol Shepherd, Zehra Jaffer, Markieu Hayden and Josephine Okokon, are all schools Headteachers across London in the state sector from a Global Majority Background. During this session, they will aim to inspire, support and encourage leaders from Global Majority backgrounds to become education leaders.

Join us, online, to hear the Shadow Education Secretary, Kate Green MP, provide their keynote to the Festival. Followed by live Q&A.

Join us online for Will's Festival Keynote: Zooming to the Future?

Join us, online, to hear Amanda Dewinter and Andria Zafirakou, provide their keynote of the Festival. Followed by live Q&A. About this event Title: Success secrets: does being a teacher have to be this hard?

Join us, online, to hear Guy Claxton deliver their 2021 Keynote address to the Festival of Education. Followed by live Q&A.

Join us online for Laura's Festival Keynote: An Unusual Year: What We Learned From 8,000 Teachers About Pandemic Life

For many around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed patterns of work and life forever, with organisations and businesses flexing to suit employees and clients alike. But will the revolutionary fervour reach the school environment? After all they’ve just been through, are teachers just too exhausted to think about redesigning the system, and are there even the funds to do it?

TV/radio presenter and journalist Michelle Ackerley will host a panel discussion with TV and radio presenter Katie Thistleton, who is one of the presenters on Bitesize Daily; Bitesize Daily teacher Mrs Vee; and BBC Education’s Head of Content Production Cerys Griffiths.  They will reflect on the success of the BBC’s Lockdown Learning content and discuss the lessons that have been learnt. They will also talk about BBC Bitesize is doing now to continue to support teachers, parents and students across the UK.

We discuss the opinions of over 6,000 people on what a good qualifications and assessment system should look like for 14-19 year olds.

Join us, online, to hear Rory Bremner & Dr Tony Lloyd, provide their keynote of the Festival. Followed by live Q&A. About this event Title: Teach yourself ADHD with Rory Bremner and Tony Lloyd of the ADHD Foundation

The 7 painful truths hiding in plain sight about inclusion and the most simple of solutions.

A short meander through the Early History of Mathematics with Maths Gems that All have Relevance Today.

Join us, online, to hear Paul Kirschner and Carl Hendrick deliver their 2021 Keynote address to the Festival of Education. Followed by live Q&A.

For many around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed patterns of work and life forever, with organisations and businesses flexing to suit employees and clients alike. But will the revolutionary fervour reach the school environment? After all they’ve just been through, are teachers just too exhausted to think about redesigning the system, and are there even the funds to do it?

Festival Sign-up
All Festival content is free! To access content you'll need to register for individual keynotes and our Friday Fests.
Festival keynotes
Daily sessions from leading educationalists and thought leaders
Free

Join our live daily broadcasts.
Joining links to view this live broadcast will be issued to registered viewers 48 hours before the event commences.
Access to a recording of the session post-event.

Friday Fest (18th)
Invaluable CPD opportunities for all education professionals
Free

Access to over 50 invaluable CPD sessions, broadcast live.
Q&A opportunities during sessions.
Network with 1,000's of attendees via video chat function.
Visit and explore our virtual exhibition.

Friday Fest (25th)
Invaluable CPD opportunities for all education professionals
Free

Access to over 50 invaluable CPD sessions, broadcast live.
Q&A opportunities during sessions.
Network with 1,000's of attendees via video chat function.
Visit and explore our virtual exhibition.

Festival Keynotes
Across two-weeks we will host daily keynotes from leading educationalists and thought leaders. Further Keynote speaker announcements coming soon, watch this space!
Principal, Oak National Academy
Matt's session will take place on 21 June.
co-author of “Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education
Ian's session will take place on 17 June
TV/radio presenter and journalist
Michelle's keynote will take place on 29th June.
Chief Executive, Star Academies
Hamid's keynote panel will take place on 30th June.
Associate
Baz's keynote panel will take place on 28th June.
Senior Director, Global Learning Lab, Teach For All
Alex's keynote panel will take place on 30th June.
Co-founder and Trustee, The BAMEed Network
Penny's keynote panel will take place on 17th June.
Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment, UCL
Dylan's Keynote will take place on 21st June.
Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning
Yusuf's keynote will take place on 21st June.
Behavioural and data scientist
Pragya's keynote will take place on 23rd June.
Author of The Success Code
Amanda's keynote panel will take place on 28th June.
Co-Founder & CEO of Teacher Tapp
Laura's keynote will take place on 28th June.
Project Manager , Children’s Right2Food campaign
Zoe's keynote panel will take place on 28th June.
Headteacher
Naheeda's keynote panel will take place on 28th June.
Comedian & Screenwriter
Deborah's Keynote will take place on 16th June.
Education Secretary
Gavin's keynote sesison will take place on 16th June.
Author & TV Presenter
Johnny's keynote will take place on 30h June.
Children’s Commissioner for England
Dame Rachel's keynote panel will take place on 23rd June.
Director of Sheffield Institute of Education
Sam's keynote panel will take place on 29th June.
Former headteacher
Carol's keynote panel will take place on 25th June.
Director, Reach Children’s Hub
Mei's keynote panel will take place on 28th June.
CEO
Loic's keynote panel will take place on 29th June.
Headteacher and National Leader of Education
Rae's keynote will take place on 18th June.
Head Teacher, Highlands Primary School
Kulvan's keynote will take place on 18th June.
Associate Headteacher, Greenwich
Josephine's keynote panel will take place on 25th June.
Chairs the independent Violent Crime Prevention Board
Dr Herbert's keynote panel will take place on 17th June.
Comedian and Impressionist
Rory's keynote session will take place on 29th June
Research Associate
Abi's keynote panel will take place on 16th June.
Founder, The MTPT Project
Emma's keynote panel will take place on 30th June.
Former Education Recovery Commissioner
Sir Kevan's session with Beth Kerr will take place on 23rd June.
CEO
Ndidi's keynote panel will take place on 29th June.
Head of 6th form, Oasis Shirley Park
Peter's keynote panel will take place on 22 June
Education & skills adviser, Northern Powerhouse Partnership
Franks's keynote panel will take place on 16th June.
CEO, ADHD Foundation
Tony's keynote session will take place on 29th June
CEO, NEAT Academy Trust
Debi's keynote panel will take place on 16th June.
Math's Teacher
Khasruz's keynote panel will take place on 22 June
Author & Journalist
Will's keynote will take place on 28th June.
Teacher, Alperton Community School
Andria's keynote panel will take place on 28th June.
Headteacher, Falinge Park High School
Janice's keynote panel will take place on 29th June.
Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia
Daniel's Keynote will take place on 22nd June.
CEO, Fearless Women
Sue's keynote panel will take place on 21 June.
Shadow Education Secretary
Kate's keynote will take place on 28th June
Education Consultant and author
Tom's keynote will take place on 17th June.
CEO, Knowledge School Trus
Ian's keynote panel will take place on 22 June
Group Director of Wellbeing, Cognita
Beth's session with Sir Kevan will take place on 23rd June.
Deputy Chief Executive
Claire's keynote panel will take place on 17th June.
French Teacher
Anne's keynote panel will take place on 22 June
Head of Engagement
Will's keynote panel will take place on 17th June.
Group Principal & CEO, South Thames Colleges Group
Peter's keynote panel will take place on 23rd June.
CEO, Teach First
Russell's keynote panel will take place on 24th June.
Executive Director, Youth Endowment Fund
Jon's keynote panel will take place on 16th June.
Chief Inspector, Ofsted
Amanda's Keynote will take place on 24th June.
Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology at the Open Universiteit (NL)
Paul's session with Carl Hendrick will take place on 30th June.
Former headteacher and senior police officer
Anthony's keynote panel will take place on 17th June.
Co-founder, Now Teach
Lucy's keynote panel will take place on 22 June
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Lorraine's session will take place on 17 June
CEO, Place2Be
Catherine's keynote panel will take place on 17th June.
Teacher & Author, Wellington College
Carl's session with Paul Kirschner will take place on 30th June.
Regional Director, David Ross Education Trust
Helena's keynote panel will take place on 23rd June.
Historian, Educationalist & political authors
Sir Anthony's keynote will take place on 21 June.
Psychologist, journalist, author and designer
Suzi's keynote will take place on 30h June.
Founder, Cape Mentors
Hussein's keynote panel will take place on 23rd June.
Associate
Vanessa's keynote panel will take place on 17th June.
Chair, Independent Review of Children’s Social Care
Josh's keynote panel will take place on 29th June.
Head of the Family Policy Unit
Cristina's keynote panel will take place on 17th June.
CEO, Reach Foundation
Ed's keynote panel will take place on 30th June.
Headteacher, Croydon
Markieu's keynote panel will take place on 25th June.
Headteacher, Stoke Newington School
Zehra's keynote panel will take place on 25th June.
Chief Executive, Education Policy Institute
Natalie's keynote panel will take place on 16th June.
Visiting Professor at King's College London
Guy's keynote will take place on 28th June.
Presenter Radio 1/CBBC & Bitesize Daily
Katie's keynote will take place on 29th June.
Lead Commissioner for Schools and HE
Sammy's keynote panel will take place on 28th June.
Bihop of Dover
Bishop Rose's keynote panel will take place on 17th June.
Going virtual in 2021, how you can join
Across two weeks we will host daily keynotes and our Friday Fests

Keynotes

Across two weeks, we will broadcast a series of keynote sessions from leading educationalists and thought leaders from across the globe. These keynotes will be streamed online and free to attend for everybody.

Festival keynotes will be 60-90 minutes long and typically include a live Q&A opportunity with the audience at home.

Please check the schedule for the latest keynote announcements and click on the speaker for registration links.

Registration for Festival Keynotes will become available as we announce the speaker and session, so keep an eye out for the latest Festival news. We will make announcements across our social media channels and website.

Friday Fests

The Festival of Education usually hosts around 250 invaluable CPD sessions and seminars. Our Friday Fests aim to bring a significant chunk of the Festival to our virtual offering this year.

Taking place on the 18th & 25th June; Friday Fests will feature over 65 high-quality CPD sessions, seminars and debates for educationalists around the globe. They will take place between 09:00-16:00 and feature five periods each day, each lasting 50 minutes. Recordings of most sessions will be made available after the Festival.

Friday Fests will take place on our virtual platform, Hopin, which will include an engaging exhibition area and an opportunity to “speed-date” network with other attendees via video calls.

Our Friday Fests are going to be great fun and a free for everyone to attend. Registration is now open, for more information click here.

Daily Keynotes

We will be hosting daily keynotes from leading educationalists and thought leaders.

Friday Fests

Over 65 invaluable CPD sessions each day | 18 & 25 June.

Previous Festival
In 2019 we marked the 10th Festival of Education, with over 300 speakers and 5,00 festival-goers. We can't wait to host you back at Wellington College in 2022..
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