Attendee Information/FAQs

What is the Festival of Education?

This year we will be celebrating the 10th Festival of Education. In a nutshell the Festival is a lively education event hosting speakers from across the education debate and providing valuable CPD. Across the two days over 300 sessions will be held, and like other well-known festivals, attendees are free to decide what they wish to attend from our mammoth line-up. On the day you’ll be able to decide between seeing one of headliners or attend a more practical and intimate workshop.


Do I have to register to attend the Festival?

With thousands of festival goers in attendance, we kindly ask that all attendees must bring along their printed ticket or have access to your ticket via a smart device to allow for a speedy and smooth registration process.

Ticket purchase will be available on site, however it is strongly advised that all attendees purchase their tickets in advance.

More information regarding purchasing tickets for the Festival can be found here.


Who is speaking?

Across the two days over 300 speakers will contribute to the Festival. You can view the confirmed line up here. Further speakers will be announced right up until the week before of the festival.

This year we also have a content preview document which lists our announced content by category and day. One month before the Festival will start confirming timings of sessions.


When is the Festival?

The Festival will take place on Thursday 20th June and Friday 20th June 2019.


Where is the Festival?

The Festival takes place within the grounds of Wellington College. Nestled in a stunning 400-acre parkland campus, Wellington is situated between the M3 and M4 motorways, just a 30-minute drive from Heathrow Airport. More information regarding the venue can be found here.


What time do sessions take place?

Sessions commence at 09:30 on both days and finish at 17:15 on Thursday and 16:45 on Friday.


Who attends the Festival?

Over 4,000 people will attend the Festival across the two days. Given the broad array of content offered at the Festival there is a diverse audience in attendance, ranging from school leaders to teachers and governors. Around 80% of attendees are from state schools, universities and FE colleges.


How do I plan which sessions to attend?

A few weeks before the event we will invite attendees to download the Festival App. On the app attendees will be able to view all of the sessions being offered and then create a personalised agenda.


Are the food options on site?

This year we have partnered with Kerb catering to provide attendees with a true festival experience. Across the site there will be a selection of street-food style outlets. We will shortly be publishing menus for each outlet and pricing. We advise attendees to budget around £10 for lunch and a drink. A cash machine is available on site, and most eateries will accept all major credit cards.  


How do I get to the Festival?

The Festival of Education takes place at Wellington College and is situated in Crowthorne about 35 miles to the South West of London and can be reached by road from either the M3 or M4.

Crowthorne railway station enjoys direct rail links to Reading and Guildford, and our closest airports are Heathrow (around 30 minutes’ drive) and Gatwick (just over an hour).

Ample car parking will be made available for the Festival of Education If you are coming by car please arrive via the Duke’s Ride entrance which can be accessed using RG45 7PT if you are using a Satnav.


Festival of Education Parking Conditions and Disclaimer

Delegates attending the Festival of Education will be directed where to park by security staff and parking stewards.

 Drivers reserve the right to refuse to park in areas where they personally perceive the parking area to be unsuitable to park their vehicle.

When parking, drivers must ensure that transit routes/College roads are kept clear at all times to allow for emergency vehicle access.

Vehicles, and contents of vehicles are parked on campus at the owner’s sole risk in all respects. Wellington College, nor the festival organisers accepts liability for any theft or loss of, or damage, howsoever caused, to vehicles, accessories or contents incurred on the College campus except where any theft or loss of, or damage is caused by the negligence of Wellington College or the Festival organisers, its employees or agents.


Festival of Education Security Notice

Delegate badges/wristbands are issued at the delegate registration point prior to entering the festival area. These must be worn and visible at all times when moving through the festival area and venues.

Festival delegates are not to enter any area within the College campus other than speaker venues or branded festival facilities at any time.

Wellington College Security staff reserve the right to refuse admission and to remove a delegate from the College premises.

Security staff may conduct bag searches for security purposes and to ensure the safety of persons at the event. Anyone refusing to have bags etc. searched will be denied entry to the festival site.

 Bringing alcohol to the festival of Education is prohibited.

 Wellington College or the festival organisers will not accept responsibility for any personal injury or damage, howsoever caused, to any delegate except where any personal injury or damage is caused by the negligence of Wellington College or the Festival organisers, its employees or agents.


Venue Accessibility

Please note the following venues are not accessible by wheelchair and if on foot maybe over an uneven surface.

Library (upstairs)

Maths Block : M5, M6

Seb Faulks Block : E1, PR1, E3, PR3, PR4, E6