It feels like a long time ago that we held the last ‘live’ Festival of Education at Wellington College in 2019, not realising what was to come and how we would manage the enormous changes and uncertainty.
Education has been thrown into chaos at times, with exams cancelled and pupil and staff absences, online learning, and mental health struggles, all faced by schools across the country. Teachers and SLTs have been on the frontline during this pandemic, and we are mindful of their continued challenges whilst wanting to celebrate the positives.
It is this reflection and reality that makes the next Festival of Education, on 7-8 July 2022, so important to us, as we have been forced to reduce our real-world connections for longer than we ever expected. We all need to come together to listen, share, inspire, learn, and laugh again, in the beautiful spaces on the Wellington campus.
As a team, we want the 12th Festival of Education to not only stimulate and engage, but to honour and recognise all working in education, by creating the most credible, immersive, and entertaining event we can, with your help.
I am incredibly pleased and proud to be part of a team that have evolved #educationfest to ensure we have more state schools attending, by offering 2 free tickets to 1000 state schools, thanks to Wellington College’s desire to ensure the Festival is as inclusive as possible.
We will create more venues in a Festival atmosphere, with more entertainment and a larger area to welcome Festival goers and host our Partners and exhibitors, together with over 200 speakers and the return of the Literary Festival with opportunities to meet authors.
In 2019, over 4500 attendees, speakers and exhibitors were part of an incredible two days. We are forecasting over 5,000 attendees in 2022. As of the early December we had already received bookings for over 3,000 tickets.
Established in 2010, #EducationFest has grown from a thought-forum to the most important, interesting, talked about and inspirational event in the education calendar. The Festival continues to attract education’s most forward-thinking innovators, practitioners, influencers, politicians, journalists and business leaders which makes it the valuable experience it is, for so many.
We have presented a range of speakers from HMCI Amanda Spielman to Akala, Doug Lemov, Geoff Barton and Daisy Christodoulou to David Baddiel, Piers Morgan and Will Self, Tom Sherrington, Lord Agnew and Dr Neville Lawrence to Oscar-winning Director Asif Kapadia and Steph McGovern, ensuring there really was something for everyone interested in the future of education.
In 2022, the 12th Festival of Education promises to deliver more than ever – defining and evolving the education debate to ensure we continue to lead, stimulate, discuss and showcase that which is so important for future society. We hope you’ll be part of it.